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York teacher's triple challenge

10K race

7:22am 20th April 2011

A York teacher, who was struck by a virus in her teens which made it difficult for her to walk, is to take part in this year’s Jane Tomlinson York 10K race.

Cheryl Alexander, a science teacher at York High School, is aiming to raise money for Canine Partners, the charity which provides specially-trained dogs for people with disabilities.

30 year old Cheryl, who has Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, has used a wheelchair since the age of 18 when the virus attacked her nervous system and left her barely able to walk.

She has a support dog, Orca, who she was partnered with in 2003 thanks to Canine Partners.

Not only is Cheryl doing the York race in July, but she is also taking part in the Jane Tomlinson 10k runs in Hull and Leeds in her racing wheelchair.

Cheryl said she has been working hard training for the three events and was glad to do all she could to raise awareness of Canine Partners.

Minster FM's Tracy Gee spoke to Cheryl earlier this week:

The York 10K is on July 31 and starts at York Racecourse.

If you want to sponsor Cheryl go to www.justgiving.com/cheryl-alexander

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