Reser­voir run to help save Sa­man­tha

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RUN­NERS have or­gan­ised a race to help fund life­sav­ing treat­ment for a mum from Smithy Bridge.

Sa­man­tha Smith has Eh­lers Dan­los Syn­drome (EDS), which weak­ens the body’s con­nec­tive tis­sues caus­ing pain, dis­lo­ca­tions and car­diac ab­nor­mal­i­ties. It means her spine is be­ing crushed by her skull.

The mum-of-two, 31, re­turned from Wash­ing­ton in the USA at the end of last year af­ter a mas­sive cam­paign raised £150,000 to pay for life-sav­ing surgery.

But the two op­er­a­tions, which were car­ried out by one of the world’s lead­ing EDS spe­cial­ists and aimed to sta­bilise the ver­te­brae in her neck, were only par­tially suc­cess­ful - and Sa­man­tha now fears she will al­most cer­tainly have to go un­der the knife again.

An­dems Run­ners and Rochdale Har­ri­ers have or­gan­ised the Sa­man­tha Smith Health Ap­peal Cowm 5K Race to help raise money for Sa­man­tha.

It will take place on Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 18 at 11.15am, set­ting off from the Cock and Mag­pie pub in Whit­worth.

A spokesman for the or­gan­is­ers said: “An­dems are pleased to be able to sup­port Sa­man­tha Smith who needs ur­gent treat­ment for Eh­lers Dan­los Syn­drome - this means her brain and spinal cord are be­ing crushed un­der the weight of her skull.”

The 5K course in­cor­po­rates two laps of Cowm Reser­voir.

The en­try fee is £4 for club run­ners and £6 for unaf­fil­i­ated run­ners, with an ex­tra £1 charge for en­ter­ing on the day.

Cheques are payable to An­dems Run­ners SW5K to Andy O’Sul­li­van MBE, 40 Crow­shaw Drive, Rochdale, OL12 0SR. Con­tact 01706 750620 or info@ an­dem­srun­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

There will be prizes in all cat­e­gories and some­thing for ev­ery par­tic­i­pant.

●●Sa­man­tha Smith is bat­tling a rare con­di­tion which means her spine is be­ing crushed by her skull

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