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  • Northside West

Marathon effort for DEBRA

Saturday, 12th May, 2018 9:00am
Marathon effort for DEBRA

Aoife O’Brien from Drumcondra. PHOTOS: DEBRA IRELAND

Marathon effort for DEBRA

Aoife O’Brien from Drumcondra. PHOTOS: DEBRA IRELAND

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TWO Northside women helped lead the way in braving one of Ireland's toughest mountain races to raise money for people battling a rare and very painful skin condition.

Alexandra Birney from Clonsilla finished second in the tenth annual DEBRA Ireland Wicklow Mountains Challenge half marathon while Aoife O’Brien from Drumcondra, came third in the fundraising event.

DEBRA Ireland supports people living with EB (epidermolysis bullosa), an incredibly painful skin condition that causes the skin layers and internal body linings to blister and wound at the slightest touch.

The event attracts everyone from triathletes in the half marathon to those who have never run an off-road race before, with many wearing an EB butterfly tattoo on their faces in support of patients living with this condition.

EB affects approximately one in 18,000 babies born and can range from mild to severe. Severe forms can be fatal in infancy or lead to dramatically reduced life expectancy, due to a range of complications from the disease.

Patients need wound care and bandaging for up to several hours a day and the condition tends to become increasingly debilitating and disfiguring over time.

Adult patients with severe forms are also extremely susceptible to an aggressive form of skin cancer. There are currently no treatments or cure for EB.

For more information see or text BUTTERFLY to 50300 to donate €4 to Debra Ireland.

Alexandra Birney from Clonsilla.

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