Doc faces 96-mile trail for patients

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A doctor aims to complete Scotland’s most famous trail within 24 hours to help find a cure for his patients.

Dr Charlie Lees will join 200 runners leaving Milngavie at 1am on Saturday, June 20 to compete in the 96-mile West Highland Way race to raise cash for Scots charity Cure Crohn’s Colitis (C3). It donates vital funds exclusively to medical research into Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Dr Lees said: “We have two major research projects (GEM and PREdiCCt) running out of Edinburgh.

“Many of my patients have to push themselves on a daily basis to overcome debilitating symptoms. There is a really urgent need to help people with inflammatory bowel disease get and stay well, as well as to understand why people get sick in the first place.”

Scotland has one of the highest rates of the two inflammatory bowel diseases in the world. Mainly young people are affected and the disease is devastating. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain, extreme fatigue and chronic diarrhea.

Cure Crohn’s Colitis, based in Glasgow, gives 100 per cent of its donations to medical research. No administration charges are taken and everyone involved with the charity is a volunteer.

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