Georgie Irwin is running the London Marathon for PSPA in honour of her nan who was diagnosed with PSP. Six months ago, Georgie could hardly run, but she says watching her mum’s dedication to raising awareness inspired her to take on the challenge.
Georgie said: “Receiving my nan’s diagnosis was both a relief and a difficult truth to hear. My mum had been working tirelessly for around four years on getting to the bottom of her symptoms, with endless doctor’s appointments and scans. I think we’d started to become complacent to the idea that my nan was just struggling with getting old and complaining about health was ‘a thing that old people do’.
“However, once we finally knew the truth, my mum sprung into action, both in terms of making sure my nan was in the safest environment possible, as well as becoming a volunteer educator for the PSPA to help ensure no other family experiences the years of confusion we did.
“I am a self-confessed non-runner and six months ago I could barely run for 10 minutes! But watching my mum’s strength as she strives for greater awareness of PSP inspired me to go big and when the opportunity presented itself I didn’t hesitate to take it.
“I’m both terrified and excited for the day but can’t wait to wear my PSPA vest with pride, raising awareness of this heart-breaking condition across 26.2 miles of London. I’ve been blown away by the kindness and generosity of my friends, family as well as strangers in reaching my fundraising target and can’t wait to make them, and my nan, proud by crossing that finish line on the day!”