Tracey’s gratitude to road-runner pal
Athlete raises cash for Cystic FibrosisTrust
A Dalbeattie woman battling a lifethreatening disorder has thanked a friend for supporting her own race for life.
Tracey Kerr has cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic condition which clogs up her lungs and internal organs with sticky mucus.
The bubbly 31 year-old needs gruelling treatments to keep her lungs and body working – but has amazed friends and family with her bravery.
Close pal Amy Bell decided it was time to help and ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Amy, 28, from Dalbeattie, raised almost £1,500 for the charity’s research into cuttingedge CF therapies.
Tracey regularly attends the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh for specialist treatment.
She was admitted last week with kidney problems caused by CF-related diabetes.
Tracey’s pancreas cannot aid digestion or produce insulin because it is clogged with mucus.
Speaking from hospital, Tracey, who is also best pals with Amy’s sister Ashleigh Mcintosh, said: “Amy wanted to support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust so they can try to find a cure.
“I don’t believe for a minute it’s going to be happen in my lifetime.
“But people who are diagnosed after me have a really good chance.
“There are new treatments being developed all the time and they might make a difference to folk in the future.”
Tracey added: “Amy is a total machine. She’s out running all the time and I had no doubt whatsoever that she was going to do it.
“Running the race for me was a lovely thing to do and I’m really chuffed she’s done it.”
Amy, a classroom assistant at Palnackie and Colvend, said: “It is a real inspiration to see how Tracey copes with her condition.
“She is the kind of person who always puts a brave face on things.
“People would say to her ‘slow down a bit!’ but she has always believed in living life to the limit.
“I just hope the money I have raised can help find a cure for this terrible disease.”
Tracey hopes to get out of hospital today to continue selfmedicating with intravenous antibiotics at home.
Her lung function is currently stable but she is constantly at risk from recurring infections.
To break down and loosen the dangerous mucus for coughing up, she uses nebuliser drugs and a device which vibrates her chest when she breathes out.
She also needs night-time nutrition through a tube into her stomach to keep her weight up.
Tracey, who has been married to hubby Jason for four years, said: “I don’t feel hard done by at all. You only have one life.
“I simply believe I have a different path to go down than most other people.
“My outlook is to do everything 100 per cent as long as I can. I don’t know how long people with cystic fibrosis have – I don’t have a number.”
She added: “I’m quite lucky in a way because I’ve never needed a transplant for my lungs.
“I live my life to the full and treasure my time with family and friends. “That’s what it’s all about. “Laughter is the best medicine as they say.”
Friends for life Tracey Kerr, right, with Amy Bell, left and her sister Ashleigh Mcintosh Right Amy Bell pictured after the run with her medal