Transplant recipient aims to better time
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.