Ariarna to run for premature babies
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.
Marathon runner Ariarna Bartulovic (32) was a premature baby herself.