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Transplant allows Grandmother to run marathon

Mary Jenkins is a 62 year old grandmother with diabetes from Kent. On Sunday she will attempt to run over 26 miles in the Flora London Marathon.Mary was one of the first people in the UK to have an islet cell transplant to help her diabetes.

Before she had the transplant she had to give up running because she kept having regular hypos.  But since the transplant in 2003, she has been able to take up running again. On her 40th wedding anniversary last October, Mary completed the Great North Run and is now about to embark on her first marathon since the transplant.

Mary said, "I still feel really lucky to have had the transplant.  I've enjoyed running for as long as i can i remember and although I have to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of my life, I am delighted to be able to continue running."

"I really want to raise as much money as I can to fund vital diabetes research."

Diabetes affects over 2 million people in the UK and up to 750,000 people have the condition but don't realise it.

islets@diabetes.org.uk
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