Lizzi Jordan is preparing to don her running shoes for the Virgin Money London Marathon on 28 April to support RNIB.
Lizzi, 21, will run as part of Team RNIB to give something back to the charity that has supported her since she lost her sight in 2017.
She contracted E.Coli in September of that year and fell into a coma for almost three months. It was whilst she was in the coma that Lizzi developed a blood condition which damaged her optic nerves. When she woke from the coma in November 2017, Lizzi was upset to find she’d lost her sight.
Lizzi, who was in her first year of university at the time, said: “At first I didn’t fully come to terms with the fact I’d lost my sight, as I had a number of other medical issues I needed to concentrate on. I had to have physiotherapy and learn how to walk again due to muscle wastage. It was only when I got home that it properly sunk in.”
“This is my first marathon and I’ve chosen to run for RNIB after suddenly losing my sight and not knowing where to turn. I know from my own experience how important it is for people in my situation to have a source of support and advice. RNIB was there for me and I want to say thank you.
“Losing your sight is something most people would never expect to happen to them, and having a support network there is comforting as it can be an incredibly lonely time.”
Lizzi Wagner, Senior Challenge Events Manager at RNIB, said: “Lizzi taking part in the 2019 London Marathon is an incredible achievement and we’re thrilled that she’s decided to join Team RNIB. We can’t wait to cheer her all the way to the finish line.
“The money Lizzi raises will help us continue to smash the barriers facing people with sight loss. Please dig deep and support her fundraising efforts and help us reach our ambitious target of £230,000!”
Lizzi will be running with her guide runner and friend, Millie, and they hope to cross the finishing line in under six hours. She has already raised over £1,000 and is aiming to reach her target of £2,000.
To help Lizzi reach her fundraising target and support RNIB, please donate at www.justgiving.com/elizabethjordanmilliewatsonlondonmarathon2019.