A student is to cycle 237 miles in three days to raise £1,500 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society after witnessing the devastating impact of the disease.
Liz Eilertsen, 34, cared for an inspirational man who refused to allow his spirit to be broken by degenerative Multiple Sclerosis (MS) even when he was severely disabled by it.
Liz said: “His attitude to life was quite impressive. He continued to work as a chemical engineer until he was physically unable to and then returned to university to retrain in IT so he could continue to support his family.
“He didn’t let anything beat him and even when I was working with him and he was quite heavily disabled he still had a positive outlook.
“Then after I worked with him, I worked with a girl who was the same age as me and had got a diagnosis about a year before. At that point she was as able-bodied as I was but I knew what was coming for her.
“It is such a horrible condition and there is no cure, only symptom relief and it is so debilitating in the long run. I wanted to do something in support for those two individuals and all sufferers and their families that have to change many aspects of their lives .”
Liz, of Tennyson Avenue, is completing an access to denistry course at Lynn’s College of West Anglia.
She met the individuals with MS during work placements in her native Scotland.
The impression they left on her has inspired her to join a challenge to cycle from London to Paris.
She said: “I enjoy cycling but have never done anything like this before. I have been doing some training but am still a bit nervous because Norfolk tends to be quite flat and there will be some considerable inclines on the route we will be taking.”
The challenge is due to take place between Thursday, September 4 and Sunday, September 7.
Sponsor Liz by texting EEMS60 £(followed by amount) to 70070 or at: www.justgiving.com/Elizabeth-Eilertsen
MS is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK. Most people are diagnosed between ages 20 and 40.