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Devoted father takes on Great North Run for cause close to his heart
A RUNNER whose teenage son suffers from a rare muscle wasting condition is taking part in the world’s biggest half marathon to raise funds a cause close to his heart.
Stephen Kennedy’s 16-year-old son Alex was born with Duchenne –a genetic disease that predominately affects boys and causes the muscles to waste away.
On Sunday, September 15, Mr Kennedy, of Newton Aycliffe, will take part in the Great North Run to raise vital funds for Action Duchenne.
It will be the eighth time Mr Kennedy, 43, competes in the 13.1-mile race on behalf of the charity, which helps fund vital research into a cure for the disease.
“I was inspired by my son Alex who has the condition,” said Mr Kennedy, who runs his own furniture manufacturing company.
“I hope to raise as much as possible for the charity because the research it carries out is so important.”
He will be joined on the day by his wife Rachel, 33, who is Alex’s step-mother, and his friend Paul Ketley, 35, newspaper sales and audience manager at The Northern Echo.
Mrs Kennedy’s employer Resource Management Solutions in Darlington has pledged a donation to the charity and the trio would be delighted o received donations from any other companies or individuals.
To sponsor Mr Kennedy visit actionduchenne.org/stopwasting/Stephen.
To sponsor Mr Ketley visit justgiving.com/paul-ketley or text Kets99£1 or an amount of your choice to 70070.
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