Meet James, a devoted husband and father who recently ran the London Marathon to support his wife Alice, who lives with lupus. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide, causing inflammation, pain, and fatigue. Alice was diagnosed with lupus in 2013, and since then, James has been by her side, providing unwavering love and support.
Up until 2014, Alice was a sports coach and a full time special needs teaching assistant who loved playing sports, socialising with friends and going on activity holidays. Her dream of one day completing the London Marathon had been taken away from her, but James was determined to run the London Marathon in her honour.
Training for a marathon is a grueling process that requires dedication, perseverance, and a lot of hard work. But James didn’t let that deter him. He spent months preparing for the event, juggling his full-time job and family responsibilities with long runs, strength training, and a healthy diet all whilst caring for Alice.
On the day of the marathon, James wore his Team Hibbs Lupus Trust top, proudly crossing the finish line in just over five hours and 30 minutes. His efforts raised funds and awareness for The Hibbs Lupus Trust, helping to support patients and education efforts for this chronic illness.
James’s selfless act of love and support for his wife is a testament to the power of compassion and determination. He showed that one person can make a difference, even in the face of adversity.
If you or someone you know is living with lupus, know that you are not alone. There are resources and support available to help you manage the condition and live a fulfilling life. And to all the Jameses out there who are supporting their loved ones, thank you for your kindness and strength. You are true heroes.