Lauren ensures Niamh’s memory will ‘run’ on
Thursday, 6 April 2017
THE memory of Niamh McCloskey is set to run on as her close friend and cousin Lauren Butcher is set to run this year's London Marathon in her remembrance.
Limavady girl Niamh suddenly passed away in April 2015 from a rare brain disease called Moyamoya.
She had been suffering from headaches and severe migraines, but rarely complained and even when she lost power down one side of her face, she took the prescribed medication and was back to herself within days.
Moyamoya, which is extremely rare, affects about one in a million Westerners but is more common in Japan.
It leads to an irreversible blockage of the main blood vessels connected to the brain causing strokes, seizures, numbness and migraine-like headaches.
Niamh was treated in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, before being transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Fundraising in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital has been important for Niamh's family, and Lauren's efforts are just next on a long list of events.
Lauren said: "As a family we've done a fair bit of fundraising since Niamh passed and the generosity and support of everyone has been amazing.
“A few family and friends ran half marathons and marathons to raise money and I knew that I wanted to do something individually to fundraise as soon as I got the chance."
Lauren, who is from Limavady, moved to London in September 2016, she added: "When I moved to London last year, I applied to run the marathon as part of the GOSH team straight away.
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