Journal of IiME Volume 9 Issue 1 May 2015 Running 28 European Marathons - in the name of Friendship Mike Harley is raising awareness of ME and raising funds for Invest in ME’s biomedical research fund by running a marathon in every EU country (currently 28 in total). His first challenge was the Prague marathon that took place on Sunday 3rd May. Then on to Helsinki in the summer. Mike is doing this because one of his oldest friends, Ian, has been suffering from ME for over 7 years and has been unable to work or lead a normal life. This is a great example of friendship. And this is not the only occasion Mike has supported his friend in this way. Last year Mike, with a group of friends, took part in a very different challenge for the charity (92 football grounds in 92 hrs - http://www.92in92.blogspot.co.uk/) managing to reach over 10 million people (through TV, Press and the football community) and raising nearly £5K for the IiME Rituximab trial fund - Invest in ME (Charity Nr. 1114035) www.investinme.org Page 56 of 57 http://www.ukrituximabtrial.org/IIMEUKRT%2 0Donate.htm. Throughout this project Mike met and talked to ME sufferers and their families and this has had a very profound effect on his decision to attempt this new challenge. Mike will be taking the flag below with him around Europe. Mike’s JustGiving page is https://www.justgiving.com/mikeseumarathons /

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