Running the NYC Marathon for a cause
Two women are off to run the New York Marathon all for a very special reason.
Both have different stories but there’s one strong connection, a young girl called Holly.
Mary Pretorius from Mt Eden was not a runner until this year, she’d never run a half marathon let alone a full 42 kilometres.
‘‘It’s been challenging and such a learning curve because it’s something so new,’’ she says.
She started training in June after she was ‘‘peer-pressured’’ into running the marathon by her brother David Pretorius.
In March 2010, Mary’s niece, Holly, was paralysed from the waist down in a car accident when she was 6.
Holly, her sister Alexandra and brother Adam were returning home from school with their grandmother when the accident happened. Four-year-old Adam died and Holly received critical injuries.
She was placed in an induced coma for six days, needed metal plates inserted into her neck and brain surgery to reduce swelling to survive.
‘‘It was a horrendous time for us as a family,’’ Mary says.
Her brother David, (Holly’s dad) ran the New York marathon last year to raise money for the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust and is leading the team again this year.
‘‘It’s really cool to share something like this with my brother, even though he’ll be way up the front and I’ll be way out the back,’’ she says.
Debbie Bourne from Mt Albert is also heading along to the Big Apple to run for Holly and raise money for the CatWalk Trust.
Unlike Mary, Bourne has been running since she was 15 and has run four half marathons.
Bourne works with David and he encouraged her to come along and run the race.
She says there’s no better cause, but she’s also doing it for herself.
‘‘My mum, aunt and uncle got diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and my aunt passed away but mum is still fighting,’’ she says.
‘‘So that just made me think as well to live life, it’s not a bucket list item but it’s something for me.’’
Both ladies are running to raise money for the trust which raises funds to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.
Got to teamcatwalk2016. gofundraise.co.nz.
Mary Pretorius and Debbie Bourne are ready to hit the streets of New York City.