Summer to take part in family run for charity
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