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Olivia Rubenstein from Bushey set to race in 10k for Crohns to raise charity cash
An 18-year-old girl from Bushey will be running 10km to raise money for a charity close to her heart.
Olivia Rubenstein will be taking part in the 10k for Crohns event on Sunday, September 22, in Hyde Park.
Crohn’s Disease causes inflammation and ulceration throughout the gastrointestinal system.
Symptoms include severe stomach pains and chronic diarrhoea and, although one in 1,000 people have Crohn's in the UK, the cause of the illness is still unknown.
Olivia was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2005 and had surgery when she was 16 to remove the damaged part of her small intestine.
Olivia said: "I’m really looking forward to the event. Living with the condition really takes a lot out of you, both physically and psychologically, but it’s important to keep pushing myself to try and live as normal a life as possible.
"I’m not too worried about the time I run. It’s about raising money and proving the disease won’t beat me."
Olivia is currently working for Watford Mencap, helping out with the charity’s children summer camps.
She recently received her A Level results and has secured a place at Birmingham University to study psychology, which she is deferring until September 2014.
Over the next year, Olivia is planning to take a gap year and has arranged to volunteer at a number of schools that deal with children with special needs.
The 10k for Chrons event is open to those of all abilities and there will be a host of entertainment for friends and supporters to enjoy.
There will be a live music and a magic show as well as face painting and some surprise guests for the younger children.
Charity co-founder, Lisa Meleck, said: "We are delighted that so many familiar and new faces join us each year to enjoy the beautiful and scenic surroundings of Hyde Park and urge more people to run it, walk it, enjoy it."
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