Earby man’s run will fund research into rare skin condition

Scott Boardman (22) from Earby is running the Chester marathon in October. (S)
Scott Boardman (22) from Earby is running the Chester marathon in October. (S)

An Earby man with a rare skin condition will run his first-ever marathon later this year to raise money for charity.

Gorlin Syndrome sufferer Scott Boardman (22) will run through the city of Chester on October 4th to raise money for British Skin Foundation, which funds research into skin diseases.

This is a great way to push myself whilst raising awareness of skin cancer and supporting the British Skin Foundation at the same time

Scott Boardman

Scott said: “At the age of 14, I was diagnosed with Gorlin Syndrome, which means I am prone to developing common and usually non-life-threatening skin cancers. Seven years and numerous operations later, this is something I have come to terms with.

“I have taken up running and believe this is a great way to push myself whilst raising awareness of skin cancer and supporting the British Skin Foundation at the same time.”

Runners will start at Chester racecourse, passing landmarks such as the cathedral, the amphitheatre and the Roman walls before heading out of the city on the Old Dee Bridge. The marathon will even cross the border into Wales before re-entering the city and passing the River Dee again.

To donate visit his Just Giving page at {http://www.justgiv ing.com/Scott-Boardman93/|www.justgiving.com/Scott-Boardman93/}

What is Gorlin Syndrome?

It is also called naevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCCS)

It affects about 1 in 31,000 people

70 to 80% of sufferers have someone else in their family with it

Gorlin Syndrome is separated into 2 types – major and minor

It can cause: skin problems (skin tags and cysts); cysts on your jaw; Medulloblastoma (PNET); changes in the bones; pits on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet; benign tumours of the ovary

(Info from Cancer Research UK)