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An inspirational story from New Zealand

Aileen poses with a Kiss Goodbye to MS bag as she celebrates completing the London Marathon for MS New Zealand

As we approach the build up to May and the launch of Kiss Goodbye to MS 2018 we wanted to share, with you, one of our favourite stories from Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand.

“My name is Aileen Robinson and I’m 72 years old. I knew very little about multiple sclerosis until my sister Edna and niece Claire, who both live in England, were diagnosed. It is very difficult living so far away from family and not being able to help.

I’ve always done a lot of walking and when I retired I got into race walking and competitions. I’ve entered Wellington Around the Bays Half Marathon many times, the major spot prize was a trip to the London Marathon, which unfortunately I never won. But the idea was hatched that I’d like to do the London Marathon and to make it worthwhile I would also raise awareness and funds for Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand, my way of helping Edna and Claire.

The trouble was I wasn’t sure if the old body was up to it, so I did the Wellington Around the Bays Marathons in 2015 and 2016 to see how I’d go. Then in 2017 I would do the London Marathon. I trained 5 out of 7 days. My basic walk was 12 km, then slowly I built up my distances until I could cover the 42.2 km. I knew that I had to this training or I wouldn’t make it on the day.

Well I’m happy to say I walked the London Marathon on the 23rd April 2017 in 5 hours 29 minutes and the icing on the cake was that I more than doubled my fundraising target for MS New Zealand and made Edna and Claire very proud.”

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