Luke Evans is gearing up to run the Caerphilly 10K in honour of his nan’s 20-year struggle with Type 2 diabetes.
Luke only started running 18 months ago, but completed last year’s race in an impressive 44 minutes and 10 seconds. He hopes to beat his time this year, as well as raise vital funds, inspired by his nan Doreen Evans.
“Our family is there for her”
Doreen, 74, has experienced a number of diabetes-related complications over the years.
Luke, 21, said, “Nan struggles every day with Type 2 diabetes. Her condition has to her developing kidney problems which means she has dialysis three times a week. She has also suffered from blood clots, which led to her losing three toes on her right foot in 2013 and sadly, losing her left leg a year later.
“Nan finds life with diabetes tough but she keeps going, and my family is all there for her when she needs help. She always supported me and now I want to give something back. She is my inspiration.”
Luke has been dedicated to his training for the race on Sunday 19 May, as well as to his fundraising. He has already raised £115 from an event at the Mason Arms in Caerphilly earlier this month.
Luke continued, “I’m running three times a week as well as going to the gym. I want to give it 100%. My friends and family will be there to cheer me on. Raising money for a cause that has had such a huge impact on my family means so much to me. I want to make a difference to others like my nan.”