Bromley couple to take on half marathon for son

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 June 2018

Sandeep and Sonia Sankoli will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon. Picture: Sonia Sankoli

Sandeep and Sonia Sankoli will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon. Picture: Sonia Sankoli


An Orpington husband and wife are planning to run Royal Parks Half Marathon together this October, to raise money and awareness around the rare chromosomal disorder trisomy 13, which took the life of their six-month-old son.

Dhian was six months old when he died of trisomy 13. Picture: Sonia Sankoli Dhian was six months old when he died of trisomy 13. Picture: Sonia Sankoli

Sandeep and Sonia Sankoli, both 34, hope to raise more than £500 for the charity SOFT, who provided “great emotional support” during the most trying period of their lives.

After almost 10 years of marriage, Sonia and Sandeep were preparing to welcome a son into their family, but just 10 days after his birth, they realised all was not right.

Sonia said: “Our son Dhian was diagnosed with full trisomy 13 (T13), a rare chromosomal disorder which affects 1 in 10,000 babies.

“Due to T13 being classed as a life limiting condition, doctors were unable to tell us how long our son would live – so we set out to try and cherish every moment we had left with him.”

She added: “Four weeks after Dhian was born, he finally made it home.

“We spent all the time we could with him.

“Six months with many hospital appointments and a surgery, but more importantly plenty of memories later, Dhian passed away due to respiratory failure. “Considering the initial diagnosis, living that long showed his incredible spirit and even though he only lived for a short period of time he touched many lives.”

Sonia and Sandeep now hope to run their first half-marathon together in memory of their son, and in support of the charity SOFT – who provided “comfort and understanding” of their situation.

Sandeep said: “Taking on the daunting task of a half marathon with the same fighting spirit Dhian lived with, we are training two to three times a week along with our usual fitness routines.”

With a healthy diet and regular training in the lead up to the race, they hope to make Dhian proud.

Sandeep said: “We would hope to complete between two to three hours”

The Royal Parks Half Marathon takes place on Sunday October 14.

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