Ceri bounces back to run for fundraiser

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

ASK Ceri Ovans how far she’s come in just 10 weeks since un­der­go­ing a lung trans­plant and she’ll be happy if she can an­swer with “six kilo­me­tres”.

The Guild­ford res­i­dent has set her­self a goal of walk­ing 6km at this Sun­day’s Hal­loween Fun Run, a fundraiser for Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis WA.

Just mak­ing it to the start line could be con­sid­ered re­mark­able for the 28-year-old, who signed up only a few days after her op­er­a­tion.

“Eight weeks ago when I reg­is­tered, which was only a few days post-trans­plant, I didn’t know if I’d be able to do 6km,” she said.

“Six kilo­me­tres was some­thing that I knew I could achieve if I pushed my­self but I didn’t know how hard it would be; it was just a re­ally good goal to aim to­wards.”

In a fur­ther achieve­ment, she’s also the event’s top fundraiser this year and has signed up fam­ily, friends and col­leagues to walk the course with her as part of Team Puff­bag.

For peo­ple like Ceri, who was di­ag­nosed with CF at birth, lung trans­plants are an even­tual in­evitabil­ity.

But while trans­plants can ex­tend and dra­mat­i­cally im­prove the life of a per­son with CF, there is still no cure for the ge­netic disease that af­fects nearly 4000 Aus­tralians.

As­so­ci­a­tions such as CFWA be­lieve it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore med­i­cal re­searchers make the vi­tal break­through.

“The run is not only pro­vid­ing me with a fit­ness goal to work to­wards, but is also as­sist­ing with rais­ing awareness for both cys­tic fi­bro­sis and or­gan do­na­tion,” Ceri said.

CFWA chief ex­ec­u­tive Nigel Barker said this year’s Hal­loween theme adds fur­ther fun to the an­nual fun run fundraiser, which of­fers both a 3km and 6km course around Perry Lakes.

“Ex­er­cise is crit­i­cal to CF chil­dren’s lives and the Hal­loween Fun Run is a healthy, fun ac­tiv­ity for fam­i­lies to sup­port CF chil­dren in their fam­i­lies, schools and com­mu­ni­ties,” he said. Choose to tackle the 3km or 6km course. After the run (or walk), watch out for the spooky kids’ car­ni­val in­clud­ing a haunted trea­sure hunt, face paint­ing, stilt walk­ers, food vans and scary themed lucky dips.

Perry Lakes Re­serve, Floreat Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 23 From 8am Adults $30, chil­dren


$15 http:// hal­loween­run.com.au

Ceri Ovans hopes to walk the 6km only 10 weeks after her lung trans­plant.


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