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Paul Kelly from Orpington to run the London Marathon for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 April 2018

He has been running from a young age, competing in borough, county and national competitions. Picture: Paul Kelly

He has been running from a young age, competing in borough, county and national competitions. Picture: Paul Kelly

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Paul Kelly of Orpington will be running in the marathon for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.

Paul Kelly of Petts Wood, Orpington, will be running in the London Marathon for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. Picture: Paul KellyPaul Kelly of Petts Wood, Orpington, will be running in the London Marathon for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. Picture: Paul Kelly

Paul has seen the effects of Parkinson’s first-hand, with three family members being diagnosed with the disease.

The charity is dedicated to finding new treatments to slow, stop and reverse Parkinson’s.

From a young age, Paul has been competing in borough, county and national competitions.

Paul said: “It wasn’t until I was 15 or 16 that I began to properly understand that my grandad had Parkinson’s, and the physical effort it took him to come along and watch me run. He was a true inspiration to our family.”

Less than a year after Paul’s grandfather passed away, Paul’s uncle Alan received the same diagnosis.

More recently, another family member, Peter, has also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

He added: “To run in the event whilst raising money for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust is really the icing on the cake.”

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