Run­ner’s pas­sion to fight dis­ease

Ath­lete to do­nate race pro­ceeds to cysti­nosis cause

The Herald (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE - Te­buho Zong­wana zong­[email protected]­me­dia.co.za

DERRICK Hoshe has over­come ad­ver­sity dur­ing his road run­ning ca­reer and now he is en­deav­our­ing to ease the pain of oth­ers. With the an­nual Two Oceans marathon tak­ing place in Cape Town next week­end, Hoshe will show us that not all he­roes wear capes.

The 58-year-old NMMU sports su­per­vi­sor, of Gel­van­dale, aims to take on this year’s Two Oceans half-marathon in the name of char­ity.

“The char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion I’ll be run­ning for is cysti­nosis. A fam­ily mem­ber of mine has a child af­fected by it.

“A few years ago when I learnt about the dis­ease I de­cided I need to help them in some way. My wife and I started do­nat­ing R100 each ev­ery month. Now I feel like I want to do some­thing big­ger. For the next three years I will be run­ning to raise funds and aware­ness for cysti­nosis,” Hoshe said this week.

Hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in his first marathon in 1981 at the age of 20, Hoshe has com­pleted 15 Two Oceans marathons and three half marathons.

Tak­ing the trip to Cape Town with him will be four run­ners from NMMU among them be­ing run­ners Roland Kaiser and Vuyo Dudu­mayo, who are mak­ing their de­buts.

Hoshe’s love for run­ning is driven by a much deeper pas­sion than that of char­ity.

In 2006 Derrick Hoshe was in­volved in a fa­tal head on col­li­sion on his way back from church, which killed his wife and robbed him of his abil­ity to walk. Hoshe’s in­juries were sur­passed by the emo­tional trauma of learn­ing his wife was dead. Noth­ing could soften the blow of los­ing her.

“The news was the big­gest set­back in my life. We had so many plans for the fu­ture,” Hoshe said.

How­ever, 18 months later Hoshe sur­passed all ex­pec­ta­tions and de­fied all odds when he re­ha­bil­i­tated him­self and learnt how to walk again with­out any form of aid.

“I was well sup­ported by Wil­lard Bat­ter­ies, which was my em­ployer at the time. Dur­ing my re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion they made sure that I had trans­port that would take me to my phys­io­ther­a­pist as I could not utilise pub­lic trans­port.” Hoshe said.

Within his 18 month pe­riod of self re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Hoshe un­der­went five re­con­struc­tive surg­eries to his right fe­mur (long bone), which was a big set back to his re­cov­ery he said.

“Sev­eral times I would see the light at the end of the tun­nel, and then I would hear of an­other op­er­a­tion I would have to un­dergo, and the light would just fade away.”

Al­though he still has a pin in his hip, Hoshe re­fuses to let that hin­der him from do­ing what he loves, run­ning, “Doc­tors said I would never be able to run again, but god works in mys­te­ri­ous and good ways” he added.

Hoshe de­scribed pa­tience as the big­gest strug­gle dur­ing his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, “God blessed me with pa­tience”.

While I was teach­ing my­self to walk, I would walk from street light to street light, even­tu­ally I be­gan to run. I could see the steady progress”.

Hoshe plans to take on his last Com­rades Marathon next year and ditch ul­tra marathons as they have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on his leg.

A do­na­tion of R21 or more to the Cysti­nosis Foun­da­tion can be made to Absa Ac­count: 9253092647; Branch code: 632005 or visit the web­site: www.cysti­nosis.co.za

Pic­ture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

UNSUNG HERO: Derrick Hoshe will run the Two Oceans half-marathon for char­ity next week­end

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