The brother of Leamington woman who has a rare life-limiting illness is taking to the saddle to raise money for vital medical research into the condition.
Helen Sabin, featured recently in The Courier, is one of only around 150 women in the UK with lymphangioleiomyomatosis (known as LAM) which causes cysts to develop in the lungs and can make it difficult to breathe.
Her brother James Blackburn, 47, from Devon is taking part in this year’s Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 in aid of the charity LAM Action on August 10.
He said: “I love my sister and want to help her in any way I can, LAM Action is a small charity that’s doing an amazing job, but it needs every penny it can get to fund medical research into an effective treatment.”
Mrs Sabin, a mother-of-two, was diagnosed with LAM after suffering a collapsed lung six years ago and was told to seek medical advice by her father, who is a retired GP.
The 44-year-old has been able to control the progression of LAM by taking the medication Rapamycin and uses an oxygen canister to help her breathe.
But she is unable to walk any great distance or play her favourite sport, netball.
She said: “It was an extremely difficult time, but I had so much support from LAM Action that it helped me through a very difficult period,”
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