Jemma, a graduate from Cranfield, is taking part in this year’s London Marathon on April 28 to raise money for LAM Action Image: Empica

Jemma is running to raise money for LAM Action

Cranfield’s Jemma Jobbling is taking part in this year’s London Marathon (28 April) to raise money for LAM Action. She is raising money for the charity, which provides support, information and encouragement to those with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and their families, after witnessing her mother suffer from the disease. 

LAM is a rare, cystic lung disease that primarily affects young women. It causes progressive shortness of breath and the abnormal collection of air in the pleural space between the lung and the chest wall.

It effects around seven in every million, and there are around 350 people in the UK with the disease. The condition can also cause tumours in other parts of the body.

Jemma said she was inspired to take part in the world-famous race after watching last year’s event.

“I’ve wanted to run a marathon for many years now, but fear and prior commitments always got the better of me. But seeing so many people making such an amazing effort made me realise I was just going to have to bite the bullet and get training.

“LAM Action is a really small charity, but despite its size it works tirelessly to provide amazing support for people like my mother.”

As well as providing support, LAM Action also raises money for clinical research into an effective cure or treatment. Although research is ongoing, there is currently no cure for LAM and effective treatment is limited.

To support Jemma visit: https://bit.ly/2GB1AEU