10 marathons in 5 days for CMRF Crumlin!
Our fantastic supporters understand the importance of having the best world-class treatment and care in place for children who need it and it’s what motivates them to get out and raise vital funds for sick children. Running enthusiast and mother, Paula Wright, wanted to do something to support the work in CHI at Crumlin, and she’s using her love of running to raise vital funds for CMRF Crumlin.
"I got involved raising funds for Crumlin because my daughter has a long-term illness. She got sick about five years ago as she has epilepsy," says Paula, "we had a really tough time at the start. It was scary for all of us. We went months without sleeping because we knew she was going to have another seizure. We were on edge constantly. Running on adrenaline and fear became the norm. It was horrific. She’s doing OK now and we were lucky that we didn’t need to go to Crumlin Hospital because we got her condition under control."
"We’re based in Tipperary so I can only imagine the difficulty for people who have to journey to the hospital to make sure their child receives the best care possible. Then they might have to stay there for a long time, away from family and friends. But I understand the worry of the parents attending Crumlin. There’s nothing quite as stressful as having a sick child. As a parent, your primary instinct is to protect so when you can’t do this when your kids are sick, it’s really tough. It’s like an interruption of the natural order. That’s why I’m running 10 marathons in 5 days to raise funds for sick children in Crumlin. We didn’t need the incredible services Crumlin provide, but there are so many that do. I want to help them."
With more than 150,000 children visiting CHI at Crumlin each year for expert care to treat accidents, life-threatening illnesses and receive ongoing treatment - the hospital's front line heroes are kept on their toes.
"It’s astonishing how many people have needed help from Crumlin. I hadn’t realised! Friends, friends of friends, family, acquaintances, even strangers have all shared their stories if I mention I’m raising money for Crumlin," says Paula, "it’s great to feel like you're contributing to something so important, to children’s health and their futures."
"Six years ago, I ran my first marathon. Since that I have ran 110 official marathons/ultras. I have been lucky to run for Crumlin in the New York City Marathon in 2018. I have also fundraised for the 2020 Tokyo Marathon which has been deferred to 2021.
In 2019, I won the Energia 24 Hour Road Race Irish Championships in Belfast. Since then, I got to represent my country of Finland in the 24hr World Championships in Albi, France in ultra-running. [Ultra-running is any run longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles)].
I am grateful what running has given to me and if I can fundraise at the same time while I can run it gives me extra happiness. Ten marathons in five days will be a different challenge. It will require plenty of endurance but also careful preparation in how I do everything. This will be my lockdown challenge. I will be stepping into an extreme type of running where many others have not ventured into.
I’m originally from Finland so my husband’s family and all my friends here have been fantastic with their support! I’ve lived in Ireland for 20 years, it’s my home now. I’m so happy to support CMRF and all the families going through difficult times with their children. I know what that’s like."
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