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East Lothian Courier: Young Eliza to join her dad Ross in 5k

A Dad of four is set to take on a 5k race at Archerfield next month... with his daughter, who suffers from a rare neurological condition, alongside him.

Ross McKinney will take part in the Change is Possible race, to be held at Archerfield Walled Garden in the summer.

He will take part alongside daughter Eliza, who has Rett Syndrome and has only been able to walk for about a year, although she will be in a buggy for the duration of the race.

Mr McKinney said: “At nearly six years of age, she has only been walking for a year, after we were told she would never reach this milestone.

“She can still only walk short distances and often falls, and is only really safe walking inside.

“Eliza and I will be doing this run together – I will be pushing Eliza in a buggy, so that she gets to take part in the race, rather than always being on the sidelines.”

Rett Syndrome is a rare condition which affects the brain and makes even the most basic tasks almost impossible for sufferers.

Ross and wife Catherine were told that their daughter was unlikely to ever be able to walk on her own.

Ross said: “Five kilometres doesn’t seem like a long way to run, but it’s a distance that Eliza will never manage on her own as long as she has Rett Syndrome!

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