Ari­arna to run for pre­ma­ture ba­bies

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

CLARE­MONT res­i­dent Ari­arna Bar­tulovic will run the New York Marathon in Novem­ber to raise money for pre­ma­ture ba­bies.

Ms Bar­tulovic, who was born pre­ma­ture at 24 weeks, said her own ex­pe­ri­ence had made her want to do some­thing to help fam­i­lies with pre­ma­ture chil­dren.

The 32-year-old was born weigh­ing 675 grams and was given a one per cent chance of sur­viv­ing the first hour of her life.

She said doc­tors told her par­ents to ex­pect her to de­velop phys­i­cal and cog­ni­tive dis­abil­i­ties be­cause of her un­de­vel­oped or­gans.

Ms Bar­tulovic said de­spite all the odds against her, she man­aged to have a nor­mal life and af­ter fin­ish­ing univer­sity and mov­ing to Syd­ney, she met a women called So­phie Smith from Run­ning for Pre­ma­ture Ba­bies.

“So­phie founded a sup­port group for par­ents of pre­ma­ture ba­bies af­ter hav­ing triplets all who were born at 24 weeks and trag­i­cally passed away,” she said.

“Ev­ery year the char­ity runs the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald half marathon to raise money for the Royal Women’s Hos­pi­tal in Syd­ney… this is where my run­ning jour­ney started.”

This year on the 10th an­niver­sary for Run­ning for Pre­ma­ture Ba­bies, Ms Bar­tulovic will take part in the New York marathon in hopes of rais­ing $10,000 for the char­ity.

She said there was no char­ity so close to her heart. “A marathon is some­thing that will push me to my lim­its both phys­i­cally and men­tally, but I will cross that fin­ish line and make it to the end,” she said.

“I know it will be in­cred­i­bly emo­tional for me, but it will be the most amaz­ing feel­ing in the world.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate to the cause, visit www.run­ning­for­pre­ma­ture­ba­bies.com/rf­p­bre­search-fund­ing.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d458301

Marathon run­ner Ari­arna Bar­tulovic (32) was a pre­ma­ture baby her­self.

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