I'm doing the Great Birmingham Run this year, to raise money for a project supporting ongoing medical costs for a wonderful woman called Tara Constable. Since her friend (and mine!) Becki has already so beautifully explained what this project is about, I'm going to shamelessly quote her verbatim in order to explain to you the help that Tara so desperately needs.
"So. I've got this amazing friend, by the name of Tarabean*.
She has provided me with laughs, support and post for almost 10 years. To give you an idea of just how awesome she is - I received a hand-crocheted duck hat from her mere weeks after she was admitted to hospital with meningitis.
Throughout our friendship Tara has experienced enormously bad luck with her health, being bed-bound and tube-fed for the majority of the last decade. She has been neglected by medics, who mistreated her severe genetic disorder to an extreme extent, and she is now on NHS waiting lists that are simply too long for somebody so unwell. She needs to see specialists for her condition, and soon.
Her (also amazing) mother has set up facebook & donation pages to help fund private hospital appointments with specialists. Tara exhausted every other avenue before even considering asking others for financial support, and I know she hasn't taken this decision lightly. Any amount donated, however small, will be massively appreciated.
Please help me help one of my most wonderful friends xx
*not actual name"
To elaborate slightly on what Becki said above, Tara's primary diagnoses are of Ehler's Danlos Syndrome, PoTS and Gastroparesis, which have many and varied consequences for her health, including the inability to process food on her own, chronic nausea, high risk of joint dislocation and near-constant musculoskeletal pain. I won't attempt to explain to you the full extent and nature of all of Tara's conditions and symptoms here, mostly because her mother has explained them on both their funding and facebook page in a manner that is more clear and concise than I could possibly manage.
I guarantee that I am putting myself through hell in training to try and cross that finishing line in the fastest time possible! Your donations, however small or large, will be tremendously welcome to Tara and her family, as well as a source of continuing motivation for me.
Any donations you make here will be going straight to the paypal account managed by Tara and her mother on November 1st (11 days after the run has finished to allow people to donate afterwards if they would prefer). Donating here simply lets me keep track of the money I've been able to raise for them. If you would prefer to make a donation to Tara's cause directly, you can do so here;
If you would like to find out more details about Tara's Journey or to follow the course of the overall project, you can do so here;
As always, muchos love