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Never done before: Man with lung condition will be the first to run London Marathon with an oxygen tank

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A 37-year-old London man with an incurable lung condition will become the first person to run the London Marathon with an oxygen tank in his backpack.

Diven Halai was diagnosed with interstitial lung disease (IDL) in 2020. The condition causes stiffness in the lungs which makes it difficult to breathe and get oxygen into the bloodstream.

The 37-year-old was always out of breath and found it difficult to even climb a flight of stairs.

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This was a contrast to his days before the diagnosis which were very active. Halai used to run 10-15 kms every weekend with ease.

All that changed after he started on a course of chemotherapy to slow down his lung condition. In August 2021, he was provided with an oxygen tank which he needed to carry wherever he went.

But can you keep a runner away from the track for too long?

Earlier this year, Halai decided to sign up for the London Marathon to help raise money for the Asthma + Lung charity.

It was not only a way to raise money for people in need but also a test of his own running abilities after the diagnosis.

Halai has already raised over £15,000 by participating in other marathons. He now plans to run in the London Marathon with an oxygen tank in his backpack.

The 37-year-old said he decided to go ahead with the marathon plan after a discussion with his wife.

“I had a discussion with my wife and she said ‘if you think you can do it’ then go for it. I feel like it could be my last chance, because if my condition gets worse I won’t get another opportunity,” he was quoted as saying by Evening Standard.

To help refill his oxygen tank, Halai will have three assistants during his run,

The 37-year-old has set himself a goal of finishing the marathon in 8 hours.

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