Sheffield neuroscientist running for a disease cure

Dr Emily Goodall at work in the labs at SITran in Sheffield '  Picture Chris Lawton
Dr Emily Goodall at work in the labs at SITran in Sheffield ' Picture Chris Lawton

A neuroscientist who investigates the terminal illness that killed her father is stepping out to help fund more research.

Dr Emily Goodall, who works at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience, will take on the Sheffield Half Marathon along with 35 friends and colleagues.

Her sister Helen is also flying 10,000 miles from Australia to join her at the finish line at the Don Valley Bowl.

They will raise funds for the South Yorkshire branch of the Motor Neurone Association after their dad David Goodall died when they were teenagers.

Emily, aged 32, who lives in Walkley, said: “Working in MND research has helped me come to terms with what happened to my dad and given me immense hope that the mystery of MND can be solved and treatments found.

“My dad was told it was a progressive disability that meant he would lose the use of his muscles, there was no cure and that he probably had between two and five years left to live. He was just 50 years old.

“The diagnosis was a terrible shock and the Motor Neurone Disease Association was indispensable, providing essential support for the whole family.”

The group hopes to raise £10,000 and even has a mascot, Mo LeCule, a lab coat-wearing meerkat.

The running team are also called The Streaking Meerkats.

Jane Evans, regional care adviser for the MND Association, said: “Without the amazing support of people like Emily and Helen the Motor Neurone Disease Association simply would not be able to provide the vital support services and fund research to find a cure.

“Together we are making a difference.”

Visit Streaking Meerkat Fundraising to make a donation.