Sum­mer to take part in fam­ily run for char­ity

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - LUCINDA REID news­desk@waleson­lineco.uk

A 10-YEAR-OLD girl from Brid­gend will take part in the Kid­ney Wales 2K Fam­ily Fun Run for the sixth year in a row this Septem­ber, de­spite liv­ing with kid­ney disease.

Ev­ery year thou­sands of peo­ple as­sem­ble in the Welsh cap­i­tal to en­ter the Na­tion Ra­dio Cardiff 10K or the 2K Fam­ily Fun Run hosted by Kid­ney Wales.

Many of the run­ners are di­rectly af­fected by kid­ney disease, in­clud­ing 10-year-old Sum­mer Kan­siray.

Sum­mer has lived with kid­ney disease for the past nine years after she was di­ag­nosed with can­cer at just 14 months old. The disease had an im­pact on Sum­mer’s kid­neys, which started de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, and as a re­sult Sum­mer re­ceived her first trans­plant at the age of five.

Un­for­tu­nately, Sum­mer’s new kid­ney started fail­ing a few years ago and she is back on the trans- plant list. With a fluid re­stric­tion of only 400ml ev­ery 24 hours, Sum­mer has needed 11 hours of daily dial­y­sis since Fe­bru­ary.

Although Sum­mer is not feel­ing well enough to train for the 2K Fam­ily Fun Run, her kid­ney has never stopped her from par­tic­i­pat­ing. Some­times she walks the race and some­times she has to take her wheelchair with her, but de­spite the pain in her legs, Sum­mer en­joys par­tic­i­pat­ing ev­ery year.

This year, Sum­mer has set up a Just Giv­ing Page for her Kid­ney Wales run for the first time. Sum­mer’s com­mu­nity has stood be­hind the 10-yearold since she was di­ag­nosed and her de­ter­mi­na­tion has in­spired the Brid­gend com­mu­nity to do­nate an in­cred­i­ble £817, ex­ceed­ing her tar­get of £250.

Joanna, Sum­mer’s mum, said: “I don’t know how she does it. She isn’t well at the mo­ment and although she has a valu­able ex­cuse not to take part, she’s de­ter­mined to take part again.

“The com­mu­nity sup­port is amaz­ing. We’ve done a cake sale in the past and ev­ery­one came along. We also raised over £1,000 at a tea party.

“It re­ally means a lot to Sum­mer that she has so many peo­ple stand­ing be- hind her.

“Some peo­ple in the com­mu­nity are com­ing to Cardiff with us to sup­port Sum­mer.

“The 2K Fam­ily Fun Run means a lot to us, as Kid­ney Wales has helped us so much through­out the years.

“No mat­ter what hap­pens, I know that I can ring the char­ity at any time and get sup­port.”

This year up to 10,000 run­ners are ex­pected to hit the roads of Cardiff city cen­tre on Septem­ber 2, each rep­re­sent­ing one of the 10,000 peo­ple in Wales af­fected by kid­ney disease.

Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in this year’s Na­tion Ra­dio Cardiff 10K or 2K Fam­ily Fun Run can sign up on­line at: cardif­f10k. cymru/cardiff-10k/ pre­reg­is­ter2018/

Sum­mer Kan­siray pic­tured at Castell Coch for her eighth birth­day in 2015

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