Maya Thomas is taking part in the Vitality British 10k London Run to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK, who continuously carry out important research that helps her brother and their family to understand and live with his condition.
In 2008, when Maya was 15, her brother Trey was diagnosed with Epilepsy whilst on a family holiday in Norfolk. Trey had a seizure for the first time and, fortunately, their Great Aunt is a retired nurse and was able to get Trey into the recovery position until the ambulance arrived.
Maya says: “The first year of Trey’s diagnosis was a really scary time for the whole family. Trey was born with a congenital heart defect and is also affected by Down’s Syndrome, a heart problem and brain damage. With all of his health issues and medications, things were made even more difficult not knowing when his seizures were going to happen.”
“So we all pulled together – we read up on Trey’s condition and took training courses on how to assist someone having a seizure and after a couple of years Trey’s seizures began to occur in a nocturnal pattern.”
Now, Trey has the right balance of medication and Maya and their family are fully prepared for when he has a seizure. Trey has never let his condition affect what he can achieve and despite his seizures sometimes causing him pain or fear, he is always happy and wants to go to school.
Sadly, in 2013, Maya lost a very close friend due to an epileptic seizure and so a year on, Maya chose to run a 5k fun run in memory of her friend as a way to challenge herself and do something new whilst raising money for Epilepsy Research UK, a charity extremely close to her heart.
This year, Maya is setting herself a new challenge of running the Vitality British 10k London Run for Epilepsy Research UK and is currently training three evenings per week with her partner.
She says: “I am really looking forward to race day and being able to run in the city that I am from. My family, partner and lots of friends will be spurring me on and waiting at the finish line for me which will help me through. Most importantly, I am running for Epilepsy Research UK to help others like Trey all around the country and hope I can do everyone proud!”
The Vitality British 10k London Run, on Sunday 10th July, will see runners race through the heart of central London. Starting on Piccadilly outside The Cavalry & Guards Club on Hyde Park corner, runners will make their way past huge crowds and London landmarks including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The route proves hugely popular with both new and seasoned runners, attracted by the chance to run one of the most unique routes in the world and be spurred on by tens of thousands of spectators lining the route from start to finish.
If you would like to sponsor Maya, please visit her fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/Maya-Thomas1/, or if you would like to take part in the Vitality British 10k London Run for yourself, please click here now!
Entries include: a free finishers technical t-shirt from race partner, Brooks, a medal, a goody bag and the opportunity for a post-race massage on race day.