Trans­plant re­cip­i­ent aims to bet­ter time

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW GRAY

Dou­ble lung trans­plant pa­tient Kather­ine Har­ris will be lin­ing up for this year’s Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays event on March 9 in a bid to raise money for the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Auck­land branch.

It will be the sec­ond time she’s en­tered the pop­u­lar water­front fun run and walk since her life­sav­ing op­er­a­tion nearly two years ago.

But it will be her first as a mar­ried woman.

Kather­ine, 31, tied the knot with hus­band Kyle last March – 13 days af­ter fin­ish­ing the 8.4km course in 2 hours.

‘‘This year I want to do it in 11⁄ hours,’’ she says.

Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis de­stroyed the lungs Kather­ine was born with af­ter years spent re­liant on a neb­u­liser ma­chine and drugs de­signed to clear them of mu­cus.

The con­di­tion also lim­ited the amount of ex­er­cise she could do be­fore the trans­plant and her knees can­not sus­tain too much pres­sure as a re­sult. That’s why she’ll be walk­ing the in­stead of run­ning.

It’s a small con­ces­sion for a woman who at one point never dreamed she’d get the chance to dance on her wed­ding day or spend seven weeks trav­el­ling with her new hus­band through Europe.

‘‘I may have five years to live; I may get 10 – heck I may live to 80.

‘‘What­ever hap­pens I have lived more than I ever thought pos­si­ble,’’ she says.

Kather­ine re­mains grate­ful to the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Auck­land branch which has

route helped her through many tough times and she plans to raise more cash for it this year.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion will also be among char­i­ties re­ceiv­ing a por­tion of pro­ceeds from event reg­is­tra­tions.

Oth­ers in­clude Ra­dio Lol­lipop, The Hear­ing House, Crohn’s and Coli­tis New Zealand, Raukatauri Mu­sic Ther­apy Trust, Kid­sline and Fair­fax First Books.

Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays is a joint col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Auck­land Jog­gers Club and Fair­fax Me­dia, owner of the Auck- land City Har­bour News and its par­ent com­pany, Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers.

The event starts 9.30am.

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