A brave teenager with a rare neurological condition took on the Junior Great North Run on Saturday 17 September, just one week after climbing Pen Y Ghent with Emmerdale actor, Chris Chittell.
Jack Marshall, 13, from Belton, is raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research after meeting Chris Chittell at the Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards in 2007.
Chris, who plays Eric Pollard in the ITV 1 soap, has been a prominent member of the Banana Army celebrity running team, taking part in running events up and down the country annually.
Jack is now one of the Banana Army’s proudest recruits and despite his condition, known as Moebius Syndrome, which leaves him unable to walk unassisted and unable to smile, he is determined to raise money for patients with blood cancers.
Jack’s mum Linda says: “It is known as life without a smile but Jack smiles from inside in a big way. He has raised money for loads of charities but Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is by far his favourite. He really wants to raise money towards research so that people won’t die. And he just love Chris, they have a really special bond.”
With Chris by his side, Jack has taken on the Junior Great Manchester Run and Yorkshire’s three peaks – and now Newcastle.
“I call him my wibbly wobbly man and I cry before and after he takes on each challenge, but I am so proud of him. Jack is fiercely independent - he hates his wheelchair and often refuses to use it. He says there’s no way he’ll stop,” says Linda.
You can support Jack as he raises money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by visiting his JustGiving page.
For more information please contact the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research press office on 020 7269 9014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org