An inspirational runner is using her fitness to raise money and fight the potentially degenerative disease she was diagnosed with four years ago.
Parisa Zare, of Alwoodley, will be running Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in London on October 11 and hopes to raise £1,500 for the MS Society, a charity close to her heart.
The 25-year-old, who is an editor at Thomson Reuters, was diagnosed with relapsing remissive multiple sclerosis when she was 21 years old
She said: “Being diagnosed with MS at the age of 21, it wasn’t that I didn’t understand or accept my diagnosis, it was that I didn’t want to accept that I have a condition that I will carry around with me for the rest of my life, and one that will potentially deteriorate.
“However, I am now in a place where I can finally accept that I do have MS.
“I may never know how or why I have MS, or what my condition will be like tomorrow or 10 years from now, but whilst I am lucky that my body is strong enough, I am determined to use it to raise money and fight this disease.
“The signs and symptoms of MS are complex and vary from person to person.
“For me, I had bladder and balance problems, as well as lengthy periods of numbness and pins and needles, particularly in my legs and hands.
“The thing about RRMS though is that people have relapses or attacks which then fade away.”
Parisa, who works closely with the MS Society, is hoping to complete the run in under two-and-a-half hours. She will be joined by her brother on the course and supported by friends and family.
“I just want to look back in years to come and know what I achieved and how I helped contribute to something which could turn MS into a little piece of history,” she added.
To support Parisa and donate to the cause, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Parisa-Zare.