A 31-year-old woman from Laurencekirk is getting ready to take part in the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow next Sunday, October 5.
Yurisa Clelland is raising funds for Parkinson’s UK and will be running for her dad, Logan Asari, who has been living with Parkinson’s for 14 years.
She will run alongside her sister in law, Louise Clelland ( 29), from Kilsyth.
Yurisa explained: “I am supporting Parkinson’s UK because I have watched my dad struggle on a daily basis with his illness for so many years.
‘‘It really puts your life in perspective and makes you realise that even the greatest, strongest people can be affected.
“Parkinson’s affects so many and yet there is so little known about it. To find a cure would be amazing. By educating people and encouraging them to donate money to the charity, we are one step closer to reaching that goal.
“I’m looking forward to the Great Scottish Run so I can be a part of something so great and to make my father proud, not to mention the fact that running a 10k for me is an achievement in itself.
‘‘I feel that taking part in the run is just a small part I get to play in helping a great charity.”
Yurisa has been training but sustained an ankle injury back in June.
However, she has been working hard and is coming back to full fitness and is ready for the challenge.
Paul Jackson-Clark, director of fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “I’d like to wish Yurisa and Louise the very best of luck and would like to thank them for taking on such a demanding running challenge for us.
‘‘We are incredibly grateful to Yurisa and Louise for their support in helping us to raise awareness of Parkinson’s.”
To sponsor Yurisa, visit her online giving page at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YurisaClelland.
Yurisa will be joined by a further 40 athletes who will be running for Parkinson’s UK. The charity hopes to raise £8000 - £10000 from the event
A limited number of places remain on Great Scottish Run.
To find out more and to run for Parkinson’s UK visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/great-scottish-run or call Emma Hall, Scotland Community Fundraiser at Parkinson’s UK on 0844 225 9857 email: firstname.lastname@example.org