A man who was told he would never walk again following a violent burglary at his property is taking on the London Marathon on 23rd April in aid of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (nsif) – a charity devoted to finding a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.
Steven Smith was attacked at his holiday home in the south of France in 2011 when armed men broke into his property. To escape them, he jumped out of a first floor window, fell into a ravine and broke his spine.
Steven has stunned doctors with his recovery following his spinal injury and is now able to walk with the aid of a stick. Despite this, Steven still experiences a host of complications as a result of his injury. Steven will aim to complete the marathon in 14 hours, an incredible feat considering the difficulty he experiences moving and the pain that will be caused.
Steven said “After my injury in 2011 my legs often feel extremely heavy – they feel like they are made of lead. I won’t be training too much, as I don’t want to aggravate the injury. I think I’ve only got one marathon in me and I don’t want to run out of steam too early!”
Mike Milner, CEO of nsif commented, “The London Marathon is an enormous challenge for anyone taking part – but to undertake a challenge of this scale when every step is a struggle will really push Steven to his limits. Steven has shown incredible mental and physical strength in his attempt to recover from his injury. Many people don’t realise the extent of the complications that a spinal cord injury can cause, it is a life-long battle for good health due to the hidden effects of the injury. We believe in a future where there will be a cure for spinal injury and we are enormously grateful to Steven taking on this epic challenge”.
Steven will aim to raise £250,000 for nsif – http://bit.ly/2mLBL8S. All money raised will go to funding pioneering research to find a cure for spinal cord injury.