A Laurencekirk man is set to take part in the gruelling Tough Mudder challenge to raise funds for a charity which is close to his heart.
Dale Spence is taking part in the 12 mile obstacle course- which is designed by British Special Forces to test strength and ability- to raise money for the Marfan Trust.
Founded in 1988, the Marfan Trust funds research into the cause and prevention of Marfan syndrome, a dominantly inherited cardiac disorder which also affects eyes and skeleton.
Dale had never heard of the disease until his friend’s daughter was diagnosed with the condition. He explains that following this he decided he wanted to raise money and awareness of the disease.
Those affected by Marfan syndrome suffer from a range of problems: eyes - dislocation of lenses, short-sightedness, retinal detachment, glaucoma, skeleton - every joint in the body can be affected by ligament laxity causing severe pain with recurrent dislocations, excessive height with long limbs and fingers, protruding or indented chest bone, scoliosis (curving of the spine), early osteoarthritis, heart - ballooning and potentially fatal tearing of the aorta, backward billowing of the heart’s valves.
Sufferers can live with the first two problems - the last can cause sudden death at an early age unless diagnosed in good time and treated medically and surgically.
The main objective of the Trust is to support medical research so that more is known about Marfan syndrome and its severity.
Dale has been training hard for months to prepare for the event, which takes place on August 24 in Edinburgh, and is really looking forward to the challenge.
He is hoping to make as much money as possible for the Marfan trust.
To support Dale he can be sponsored online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/dalespence