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Samuel cheers buddy to marathon glory!

Dustin with Samuel and his parents and Cecilia Bufton

Dustin with Samuel and his parents and Cecilia Bufton

On Sunday 22nd April, American Dustin Erhardt ran the London Marathon for his buddy Samuel and to raise money us.

Dustin met 7 year-old Samuel through the organisation I Run 4 which pairs runners and special needs children and adults so that the runners are motivated by their special buddies, and the special friends can finally find a way to run even if they can’t literally do so themselves.

Dustin, who lives in North Dakota in the USA explains: “I had the honour of being matched with an amazing little boy named Samuel, who has autism. He has become like a nephew to me and while I was training we exchanged pictures, videos, medals, encouragement and so much more. In training, with every mile that got tough, I knew he was right there with me encouraging me to keep going.

Cerebra has given me the amazing opportunity to meet Samuel and run the London Marathon with him there cheering me on in person. Samuel’s little sister Phoebe has a rare genetic condition and she suffers from epilepsy, autism, delayed speech and a hearing condition. So for me, supporting a charity like Cerebra is not only important for all children it is very near and dear to my adopted family. Together we can bring awareness and support for all of those that live with brain conditions”.

Dustin, Samuel and Phoebe

Dustin, Samuel and Phoebe

Cerebra have supported Samuel’s family and his little sister Phoebe so it was great that Dustin could run and raise money for us.

Samuel and Phoebe, along with mum Gemma and our Events Coordinator Cecilia Bufton waited at the finish line on the day, eager to cheer Dustin on as he approached the end of the gruelling 26.2 mile course.

Gemma said: “Samuel was so excited to be at the finish line to welcome Dustin home.

We’d tied Cerebra balloons to the railing so that he would be able to spot us and when he came round the corner Samuel’s face was a picture! Samuel coped really well with the noise and the bustle – the disabled waiting area was a lot quieter and his ear defenders helped. He really liked watching all the mascots – particularly someone dressed as Big Ben!

It’s been great to finally meet Dustin and we’ve loved having him to stay with our family. We’ll definitely keep in touch. It’s been a fantastic experience.”

Dustin enjoyed the whole experience: “I’m so grateful to Cerebra for giving me the opportunity to run in the London Marathon. On the day it was quite hard – very warm with the sun beating down – and I decided to slow my pace to make sure that I made it to the finish line.  In the end I finished in 5hrs 44 mins.

Samuel and Dustin

Samuel and Dustin

It was an amazing experience – the sights of London, the sheer number of people, and the spectators were incredible, handing out orange slices and chewy sweets for sugar. So many people were running for charity, it was emotional and motivational.

To finally meet Samuel and his family after two and a half years of being in touch was indescribable. They are my family now too. To run for Cerebra and help raise awareness for brain conditions as well as support such a great cause was so motivating for me.”

Dustin has so far raised an incredible £2248 for Cerebra, surpassing his initial target of £2000. You can still donate through Dustin’s Virgin Money Giving page.

Countdown to Marathon Glory!

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Dustin is running the London Marathon in April

American Dustin Erhardt is making his final preparations for this year’s London Marathon on 22nd April. Everyone at Cerebra will be cheering him on as he runs to raise money for Cerebra and to raise awareness for brain conditions.

Through the group I Run 4 Dustin has been partnered with a buddy who cannot run himself because of disability.

Dustin explains: “I have had the honour of being matched with an amazing little boy named Samuel, who has autism. He has become like a nephew to me and we have exchanged pictures, videos, medals, encouragement and so much more. In training, with every mile that got tough, I knew he was right there with me encouraging me to keep going.

Cerebra has given me the amazing opportunity to meet Samuel and run the London Marathon with him there cheering me on in person. Samuel’s little sister Phoebe has a rare genetic condition and she suffers from epilepsy, autism, delayed speech and a hearing condition. So for me, supporting a charity like Cerebra is not only important for all children it is very near and dear to my adopted family. Together we can bring awareness and support for all of those that live with brain conditions”.

The day will be particularly special for Dustin as he will be meeting his buddy Samuel for the first time. Samuel is so excited that he will be there with his family on the day to proudly watch Dustin cross the finish line.

“I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run, what they’d give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them. I know they would do the same for me.”

Dustin is currently at 96% of his fundraising target and it would be great if he could reach it during his trip to the UK. You can support Dustin through his Virgin Money Giving page.

Dustin to Run London Marathon for Cerebra and his Buddy

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Dustin is running the London Marathon in April

We’re very excited to welcome Dustin Erhardt on to team Cerebra for the London Marathon 2018!

Dustin’s story of how he came to decide to run for Cerebra is a unique and inspiring one.

Dustin lives in North Dakota in the USA and first took up running when he joined a group called I Run 4 – who match runners with buddies who may not be able to run themselves because of physical or developmental reasons.

He was paired with a little boy from the UK called Samuel who has Autism and he has been the inspiration for him taking part in a number of marathons and in April, Dustin is planning on making the journey across the Atlantic to meet his buddy and run the prestigious London Marathon!

Dustin's buddy Samuel

Dustin’s buddy Samuel

Dustin told us: “For the past two years I have had the honour of being matched with an amazing little boy named Samuel. In this time he has become like a nephew to me and we have exchanged pictures, videos, medals, encouragement and so much more. In May this past year I ran my first marathon with him with me every step.  In training every mile that got tough I knew he was right there with me encouraging me to keep going.  And now in April 2018 I have been given the amazing opportunity to travel to London and meet Samuel and run the London Marathon with him there cheering me on in person thanks to Cerebra as they have granted me a charity entry into the heavily sought-after London Marathon.  Together we can bring awareness and support for all of those that live with Autism.

My buddy Samuel’s little sister Phoebe is also a member of the IRun4 group and she has a a genetic condition called xp11.4 duplication. She has a small hippocampus on the left side of the brain that is damaged and which they believe is causing her epilepsy. She suffers from this along with autism, delayed speech and a hearing condition called hyperacusis. So for me, supporting a charity like Cerebra is not only important for all children it is very near and dear to my “Family” (we have completely adopted each other as family). I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run , what they’d give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them.  I know they would do the same for me.”

Dustin is fundraising through his Virgin Money Giving Page and has already raised nearly £1,000! You can donate through this and help him reach his £2,000 target.

The London Marathon is taking place on 22nd April.