AS if running the Comrades Marathon was not hard enough, a Durban businessman will be making it a little tougher for himself by bouncing a tennis ball along the 86.73km route — all in the name of raising funds for two ailing children.
Myles Buxton, 48, of Umhlanga, will join more than 21400 runners on the up-run, from Durban to Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.
But he will be bouncing a ball all the way to raise funds for Vithal and Chezlyn.
Vithal, 10, who has duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder characterised by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness, has lost the use of his legs, while Chezlyn, 14, suffers from leukaemia.
“As Vithal’s arms weaken he will not be able to get around using a manual wheelchair. We’re appealing for funds to assist him in purchasing a motorised wheelchair, which can be very pricey.
“Chezlyn is a very bright young lady who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2013. She went into remission last year, but it unfortunately returned in November 2016. She needs an urgent bone marrow transplant, which is extremely expensive and costs can reach R1-million,” said Buxton.
He said a small donation would make a huge difference.
Buxton, who has run five Comrades Marathons over 19 years, has run to raise funds for the Sunflower Fund and Ray of Hope Babies Home.