Burnley teacher’s 10k aids rare lung disease charity

Matt Sharples and Anna Quilliam
Matt Sharples and Anna Quilliam

A Burnley teacher has completed a 10k run to raise money for a charity that helps those who suffer from a rare and incurable lung disease known as LAM.

Matt Sharples (34), who teaches at Hameldon Community College, decided to take on the challenge to raise funds for LAM Action because wife Sarah Sharples (34) has been a sufferer since May 2011.

Matt completed the British 10k London Run with Sarah’s sister-in-law Anna Qualliam (27), and is hoping to raise over £1,000.

LAM is a condition that usually affects women of childbearing age, in which muscle-like cells begin to grow in certain organs or tissues, especially the lungs, lymph nodes and kidneys. It is thought to only affect around 250 women in the country.

Sarah has had to have one of her kidneys removed because of the disease.

Matt said: “Sarah was diagnosed with the disease in May 2011, and since then {http://www.burnleyexpress.net/news/health/local-health/trio-to-run-london-marathon-for-research-into-rare-disease-lam-1-3957296|I’ve always tried to raise money for the charity that supports women with LAM}.

“Due to the rare nature of the disease, LAM Action relies heavily on fundraising in order to support the women and families of those who have LAM, and to educate medical professionals and conduct research into the condition.”

Sarah was diagnosed with the disease after suffering agonising pain in her side in 2010, which was discovered to have been caused by a 9cm kidney tumour that was removed just before Christmas, along with her kidney.

The original diagnosis was that Sarah had cancer.

However, three months later she was told that she, in fact, had LAM, and this was confirmed after she attended the National Referral Centre for LAM patients in Nottingham.Donations are still being accepted at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/cirquedesorelegs.