Dou­ble lung re­cip­i­ent back in sec­ond Bays chal­lenge

Central Leader - - 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 has en­tered the pop­u­lar fun run and walk since her life­sav­ing op­er­a­tion nearly two years ago, but 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 is why she will be walk­ing the route in­stead of run­ning.

It is a small con­ces­sion for a woman who at one point never dreamed she would dance on her wed­ding day or spend seven weeks trav­el­ling Europe with her new hus­band.

‘‘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 is grate­ful to the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Auck­land branch which has 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 East & Bays Courier and its par­ent com­pany, Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers.

The event 9.30am.

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Photo: SEAN HART

Fresh start: Kather­ine Har­ris, pic­tured with hus­band Kyle, is de­ter­mined to live her life to the fullest and is tak­ing part in this year’s Ports of Auck­land Round the Bays event.

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