Huw Irranca-Davies, Ogmore MP, is preparing to walk 50 miles when he turns 50 next month in an effort to raise awareness of a condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).
The debilitating condition is a type of arthritis that can affect people as young as 15. Mr Irranca-Davies, who suffers from AS himself, says he was initially misdiagnosed but with exercise and medicine he is keeping it under control.
Wales' first research centre dedicated to creating new drugs and treatments for arthritis sufferers launches today. It'll be based in Cardiff University's School of Medicine and will inititally help around 50 patients in South Wales.
The Arthritis Research UK Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre (CREATE) will work with volunteer patients from Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board to test drugs used in other conditions to help those who suffer with rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.