Sisters run for eye research

Michele and Louise Chu will run the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday (April 26) to raise funds for the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund

23 Apr 2015 by Emily McCormick

Running to support vital eye research, funds raised by the team, which also includes Tara Dennehy and Roger Murphy, will be specifically directed to the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund.

The Fund was established in 2005 by the family of Tommy Salisbury, who was diagnosed with the sight-threatening condition at the age of five. It finances research and raises awareness of choroideremia, which affects an estimated one in 50,000 people.

The Fund supported initial research by Professor Miguel Seabra at Imperial College London, which led to the first ever clinical trial into the condition. Led by Professor Robert MacLaren at Oxford University, the trial has shown positive results.

Speaking ahead of Sunday, Michele Chu, said: “We’re looking forward to our very first marathon, and it’s been such a pleasure to raise money for an amazing charity. The support we’ve received from family, friends and our work colleagues has really moved us. Their support will certainly get us through the 26 miles if nothing else will.”
Director of fundraising at Fight for Sight, Catherine Woodhead, added: “We would like to wish ‘Team Tommy’ the best of luck with the marathon and for choosing to raise awareness and vital funds for the Tommy Salisbury Choroideremia Fund via Fight for Sight.”
To support the sisters and Fight for Sight, visit Practitioners can also text TOMM10 £10 to 70070.


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