A Sudbury mother who thought she might lose her son while he was struggling with illness has expressed her delight at raising £1,200.
Dee Embery, whose son Keilan suffers from Crohn’s disease, successfully completed the British London 10K on Sunday with close friend Abigail Bareham.
The pair were running for Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association (Cicra), a charity which is researching to find a cure for the condition which leads to inflammation of the intestines.
In 2013 Keilan, 11, was diagnosed with the disease. In the months before his diagnosis he had been seriously ill, with constant stomach pains, diarrhoea and exhaustion.
“There were points I couldn’t see through it, I thought we were going to lose him,” said Mrs Embery, who lives in Meadow Lane, Sudbury, with her husband and three children.
Although there is treatment available for some of the symptoms, there is currently no cure for the condition and Mrs Embery hopes her efforts and the £1,200 raised will help find the cure needed for so many.
After successfully completing the run the 34-year-old said: “It means a huge amount because all the money goes directly into looking for a cure.
“You are you donating for a proper cause and hopefully one day they will find a cure and as a mum who has watched someone suffering on a daily basis it means an incredible amount.”
Mrs Embery said she loved taking part in the race, spurred on by the crowds cheering on her name and the bands playing in the streets.
It was so enjoyable she is now even considering taking on another, possibly ‘more zany’ challenge to continue supporting the charity.
However, she did rule out a marathon or jumping out of an aeroplane.
“It’s been so difficult watching someone you love so much struggling. It makes this achievement all the more important,” she said.
“I don’t think people realise how much of an impact they are making by donating. I have been incredibly inspired by everybody’s support.”
You can still donate to Mrs Embery’s fund by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Dee-Embery.