Glyn Marston has been chosen to speak out about epilepsy awareness on 'PURPLE DAY' for epilepsy.
The aim is to make everyone aware of epilepsy and the effect it has on lives but more importantly- giving suffers the right to feel that they can speak openly abot their condition.
Glyn Marston is (yet again) showing the reason why he is consider a true Ambassador to everything he puts his name to.
24TH MARCH 2016
Walsall fundraiser's marathon effort for Epilepsy Action
By Walsall Advertiser | Posted: March 24, 2016 By Dan Newbould
Glyn's marathan effort.
A DEDICATED Walsall fund-raiser who lived with epilepsy when he was a teenager is preparing to tackle the London Marathon for a cause close to his heart.
Glyn Marston, from Willenhall, is on medication for life to control epilepsy and was forced to quit running in 2006 due to injury.
However, despite this, the 53-year-old is making a return 10 years on to raise money for Epilepsy Action, a charity he is very passionate about.
Glyn explained: "I have been speaking out about epilepsy for my entire adult life. It is vital that people with the condition feel like they can be open and honest about their seizures and how they affect them. Everyone has a part to play in making that happen. "
Glyn was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was aged 14. He takes epilepsy medication every day. Although he has now been seizure free for almost 40 years, his epilepsy has had a profound impact on his life.
"When I had seizures, my lips would turn purple, my eyes would roll into the back of my head and I would shake violently," he said. "My aunt died as a result of a seizure when she was 14, and I was terrified that my next seizure could be my last and take my life.”
Since 2006, when he was forced to stop running, Glyn has had his right knee completely replaced with a titanium joint. To mark his progress Glyn will take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon dressed as a gorilla to raise awareness on April 24 and Ride London 100 on July 30 and 31.
His announcement comes in the run-up to Purple Day, the global awareness day for epilepsy which is celebrated on March 26 every year.
Purple Day was created in 2008 by then nine-year-old Cassidy Megan, a Canadian girl living with epilepsy.
She came up with the idea as a way to dispel myths surrounding epilepsy and raise awareness positively. The event sees purple-themed fundraisers taking place all over the UK, as well as several landmarks turning purple to mark the event.
Philip Lee, chief executive of Epilepsy Action, said: "The more we talk about epilepsy, the more we can challenge common misconceptions about it and offer the general public a clearer idea of what epilepsy is.
"We really hope Purple Day inspires people to share and talk about their epilepsy so that more people can begin to understand the condition."
To support Glyn's cause go to: www.justgiving.com/glyn-marston
Express and star story on purple day
26th March 2016
Glyn is going the extra miles to educate the public about epilepsy
“I was terrified that my next seizure could take my life.”
Walsall epilepsy sufferer Glyn Marston has told of his wish to get others living with the con- dition to speak out to raise awareness.
Mr Marston, 53, was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 14 and despite being seizure-free for al- most 40 years, he still has to take medication every day.
On Purple Day, today, the global awareness day for epilepsy, Mr Marston has spoken of the profound impact the condition has had on his life.
He said: “When I had seizures, my lips would
turn purple, my eyes would roll into the back of my head and I would shake violently.
“My aunt died as a result of a seizure when she was 14, and I was terri ed that my next sei- zure could be my last and take my life.
“I have been speaking out about epilepsy for my entire adult life.”
Mr Marston will be taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon and Ride London 100 for Epilepsy Action in 2016, where he will run the marathon dressed in a gorilla costume.
As well as wanting to raise money for the charity, he wants to encourage others to not be afraid to tell the story of their battle with the condition, in the hope that popular misconcep- tions can be challenged and a greater under- standing of epilepsy can be developed.
Purple Day was created in 2008 by then nine- year-old Cassidy Megan, a Canadian girl living with epilepsy.
For more information about Purple Day and living with epilepsy, visit epilepsy.org.uk/pur- pleday or call the Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050. People can sponsor Glyn at just- giving.com/glyn-marston
Report by Jordan Harris
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