Sarah Louise Grigor was given the devastating news when working as a paramedic in 2002, the pressures of the job resulting in her back giving out and her losing all feeling in the lower half of her right leg which was diagnosed as a double-disc prolapse.
Her personal determination, however, resulted in her not only running again – but taking on no less than 77 marathons around the world. Now Sarah is set for her 78th being that little bit special as she bids to raise funds for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland.
Sarah Louise lost her father to a stroke in 2008 and while she has raised funds for a variety of local charities over the years she is now determined to raise as much as possible for the national charity in his memory.
She said: “Although I do raise money a couple times of year for local charities, I decided to try and raise as much money as possible for a charity close to my heart by doing what I am lucky enough to be able to do.
“If I can reach just one person who can be helped, then my job has been successful.”
At the weekend the 45-year-old personal fitness trainer raised £435 at a dance-a-thon event in the Lossiemouth Town Hall – but that was only the start of the bid to raise at least £3000.
To achieve that Sarah is seeking sponsors for her next marathon attempt – the London Marathon being held in April.
Anyone wishing to back Sarah’s efforts is being invited to visit http://www.justgiving.com/SarahLouiseGrigor