Muscular dystrophy and related conditions cause muscles to waste and weaken. More than 70,000 people in the UK are affected.
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Friday 21 February 2014

ITV Newsreader Nina laces up her trainers to support two-year-old Iris

On Sunday 9 March, ITV newsreader Nina Hossain will lace up her trainers and take on the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's Durham Town and Gown 10k.

Nina is running to support Iris, a local two year old who was born with merosin deficient muscular dystrophy.  She hopes to raise awareness of Iris's condition by taking part in the event and to raise funds to help the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign back groundbreaking research into potential treatments that could help Iris.

Nina signed up for the brand new race in her former university City in County Durham after spending time with the bubbly toddler, her parents and big sister Bay, when Iris switched on Southwell's Christmas lights in November.

Nina is running for two year old Iris Nina said: "Iris is one of the most incredible little people I have ever met. She is bursting with brightness, with a smile to match her sparkling personality. It has been a pleasure to get to know her family in the last few months. They are an inspirational bunch!"

Paul, Iris' father who will also be taking part in the race, said: "We are delighted to have Nina's support in helping more people understand Iris's rare condition.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Durham Town and Gown 10k joins established Town and Gown series events in Oxford and Cambridge, which have raised over a £1million towards the charity's work funding research into treatments for muscle-wasting conditions and supporting families affected by them.

It's not too late to join Nina and Paul. Read more about our Durham Town and Gown 10k and sign up for just £16. Those wishing to support Nina and Paul can do so by visiting their online fundraising page.

Tags: merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy

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