Despite the fact that she was born three months early and diagnosed with cerebral palsy, seven-year-old Amy MacBeath has been running in marathons. The young Amy has been engaging in a whole slew of physical challenges to raise money for charity.
MacBeath – who raised £2,500+ (just under $4,000) for charity – was inspired a year ago after she watched the Paralympics. But running – for someone who has difficulty walking – has been quite a challenge. Still, as mom Julie points out, they’ve been doing a lot of training to build up her strength and stamina which has resulted in a “huge difference in her ability since we started the challenge.”
Amy has most definitely risen to the challenge, having run one-and-a-half km (Edinburgh marathon) three miles (Challenge Scotland) and 5 kilometers at a third event. The money she has raised from these runs is being earmarked for the Sick Kids Friend’s Foundation and Riding for the Disabled, as she wanted to give money “to help children like her.” As Amy explained, “I wanted to do these challenges to help other kids like me who have to go to hospital and to show what someone with cerebral palsy can do. I decided to do three difficult challenges because there’s no point in doing something easy if you want people to sponsor you.” Mom says she is a real inspiration for the rest of the family and that this is just the beginning for her; when she’s older, she too wants to participate in the Paralympics.