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.