The average life expectancy for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers who live into adulthood is just 37 years, at 28 years old this statistic is not an option for me.
I battle Cystic Fibrosis every day, it is hard work, time consuming and something that no one should have to endure.
Each year I get older I notice that my symptoms become worse and worse, however it just pushes me to fight harder not only to try and maintain my health, but to find a much needed cure.
I have witnessed this disease take many of my childhood friends, I see the CF sufferers who fight for every breath needing oxygen just to stay alive. I see how unfair this disease can be, but then I see how strong every CF sufferer can be. Giving up is not an option - and I will not give up until a cure is found.
Last year I ran the Adelaide Marathon to help find a cure.
I ran every step for every person with CF that no longer can. My goal was to raise awareness and funds to find a cure; never in a million years did I think I would receive the support I did.
I was blown away and touched by the generosity of my family, friends and the general public. It inspired me to keep training hard through the cold winter nights. On my runs I would often think of the all people who had donated and supported me, it gave me hope that we can cure this horrible disease together.
But we are not at a cure yet and this year I have decided I want to take my fight to the world.
By completing the NY marathon I am hoping that we can raise even more money and more awareness.
The more people that know about Cure 4 Cystic Fibrosis (Cure4CF), the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!