This week’s blog begins our new ‘Meet the team’ blog series.

One of the most vital parts of charity life is having fundraisers, and we want to take the time to fully thank and appreciate our amazing Findacure fundraising team for all the hard work they do for our community. This series will introduce some of our fundraisers throughout the year and share their stories. The first of our ‘Meet the team’ series features the Cambridge Half Marathon, taking place on 5th March 2017. 

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Meet our Cambridge Half Marathon team!

Next March, we have 8 participants taking on the 13.1 mile challenge of the Cambridge Half Marathon. We are hugely grateful to all our fundraisers for their support and hope you will join us in welcoming them to the Findacure community. [/row]

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Lisa Butler

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am originally from the East Midlands but left at 18 to go to University. I studied for a BSc in Toxicology and then did a PhD in Clinical Medicine (leukaemia and lymphoma research). I now work in Clinical Development at a pharmaceutical company and over the years have worked in oncology, renal disease, respiratory, inflammation, auto-immunity and a number of rare orphan diseases: in all cases working to bring new medicines to patients where there is an unmet need. I am married with two teenage children who are just amazing and keep us on our toes!
Why did you choose to run the Cambridge Half Marathon for Findacure?
I ran the Cambridge half last year for a large, well known charity and this year really wanted to support a small local charity. Findacure really fit the bill for me – particularly given my research in rare diseases as I fully understand the difficulties and how, so very often, the smaller causes and their charities are overlooked.
What are your other hobbies?
I have a small studio in a shed at the top of the garden where I like to screen print textiles and make ceramics. I love spending time with our children – particularly watching movies together at the weekend.
What’s your favourite film?
I’ll give you my favourite film too as that’s a no-brainier: Inn of the Sixth Happiness

You can find Lisa’s fundraising page here.

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Patsy Keating

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a Film and Television graduate of the University of Nottingham, currently based in Royston and working as an Editor at a television listings agency. I really enjoy cats, food, Disney, food, videogames, musicals, food, my bed, and also food.
Why did you choose to run the Cambridge Half Marathon for Findacure?
I first became involved with Findacure through their Events Officer, Mary Rose. I’m always hearing a lot about the hard work she and the rest of the team do in order to raise awareness of and make a difference to the rare disease community. I was lucky enough to attend their Gala in September and got to hear stories of the wonderful work they do first hand. When I decided I’d like to take part in more charity work, it only made sense to ask if they would let me run on their behalf so I can help raise awareness of their awesome cause.
Have you taken part in any similar events before?
I did the Cancer Research UK Race for Life around Royston Heath when I was probably about… 14? And it hurt a lot then so I can only imagine how much that four times over is going to hurt. But I’m trying my best!!
What are your other hobbies?
I spend most of my time in the deep dark depths of the internet falling down what I call ‘Wikipedia holes’ (when you start out researching a film and somehow six hours later end up knowing everything there is to know about famous dogs or something equally bizarre…). It’s not the healthiest hobby to have, but my popular culture knowledge is pretty decent! Oh, and also Netflix. Basically, anything that can be done in my pyjamas, from my bed.

You can find Patsy’s fundraising page here.

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Nick Lench

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m co-founder and COO of Congenica Ltd, a Cambridge-based company that has developed clinical decision support software for the analysis of DNA sequence data for the diagnosis of rare genetic disorders. I’ve worked in rare disease research all my professional life, primarily in the field of human molecular genetics. My early career as a PhD student was focused on the identification of the cystic fibrosis gene followed by research into disorders such as ataxia-telangiectasia and sensorineural deafness. Before founding Congenica, I was director of genetics services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Why did you choose to run the Cambridge Half Marathon for Findacure?
Even though huge progress has been made in our understanding of the molecular basis of rare diseases, this has yet to be matched by the development of new therapies and treatments for patients. Collaboration and data sharing are key to accelerating the development of new therapies. Findacure is doing a fantastic job bringing the relevant stakeholders together.
Have you taken part in any similar events before?
I ran my first half-marathon this year, participating in the River Thames Half Marathon.
What are your other hobbies?
I enjoy road cycling and have participated in a number of organised sportives – I’ve signed up for my first 100 miler in August 2017! I’m also a lifelong Baggies (West Bromwich Albion) fan and make it along to most home games.

You can find Nick’s fundraising page here.

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Michael Lindsay

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a Maths graduate from the University of East Anglia and obtained my PGCE from the University of Nottingham. Originally from Hertfordshire,  I currently live in Cambridge and teach Maths at a local secondary school.
Why did you choose to run the Cambridge Half Marathon for Findacure?
I am excited to see how I rise to the personal challenge, and more importantly, to try and raise funding to contribute to research and developing treatments for rare diseases.
Have you taken part in any similar events before?
I have always admired many of my friends who have done similar things, so having always enjoyed a casual 5k run, I think now is the time to step it up a gear and raise some money.
What are your other hobbies?
In my spare time I love to write and record music, and I play guitar for a UK hardcore band called Transcendence.

You can find Michael’s fundraising page here.

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Charlie Metson

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Well hello! I’m an electrician, originally from Bishop’s Stortford, and currently living in Stevange. I went to the best school in the land, St Mary’s, along with Patsy and Michael who are also doing the Cambridge Half for Findacure. I would like to say I’m an ambitious person, but then I must be for doing this!
Why did you choose to run the Cambridge Half Marathon for Findacure?
My friend, Mary Rose, works for Findacure and told me about the race, and I thought it would be a great idea to give me something to aim for and raise money too. It might be slightly challenging but only time will tell.
Have you taken part in any similar events before?
Never, and we’ll soon see if I’ll ever do another!
What’s your favourite TV show?
My favourite TV show has to be The Simpsons, I know near enough every episode word for word now.

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Emily Varley

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I work for Philips UK&I for the Operations team which is based in Guildford. I went to university in Cambridge which is where I found out about Findacure. Originally I’m from the Northwest, near Manchester, but my family have moved to Cumbria since I left home! So I’ve been all over the place!
Why did you choose to run the Cambridge Half Marathon for Findacure?
I think the work Findacure does is inspiring, and they do such a great job helping people with rare diseases. I wanted to do something to help; I ran the Silverstone half marathon for them last year, and went to the winter ball they hosted (guess which one I enjoyed more!).
Have you taken part in any similar events before?
I ran the Silverstone half marathon for Findacure, but I’ve run a few marathons before now as well.
What are your other hobbies?
Leaving university and getting a job has been revolutionary in giving me more free time – I now fill it doing running, swimming and cycling (although never a triathlon!) and I’m also trying to teach myself German.

You can find Emily’s fundraising page here.

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