Running for a special friend: i-Transport’s story
27 October 2017
In memory of their dear friend Chris, a group of 13 of Chris’ work colleagues successfully competed in the Great South Run and raised over £5,000!
The team at transport planning consultancy, i-Transport, came together to run the Great South Run to give back to a hospital that made a big difference to their recently deceased co-worker, Chris.
After Chris sadly died of breast cancer earlier this year, i-Transport knew they wanted to honour her memory. Through a series of activities and challenges planned over the year, a team of 13 of Chris’ work friends came together to fundraise for Evelina London, a hospital close to Chris’ heart.
Chris’ relationship with the hospital began when they started caring for her son Matt, who was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome.
Doctors at Guy’s Hospital treated Matt for chronic renal failure for six months. But despite their best effort his kidneys completely failed and needed to be removed. Matt had to go on dialysis at the hospital three times a week until he had his first transplant at 18 months old.
Although the surgery was a success, Matt suffered complications with his anti-rejection medication. Just six months after his transplant, his kidneys failed and had to be removed. Matt went back on dialysis. Then eighteen months later he was given the good news from the Evelina London Transplant team. It was time to go for his second transplant.
Even though Matt’s route to recovery was not easy, Chris didn’t let it stop her and her family from living their lives to the fullest.
Knowing how much care and support Evelina London’s transplant team was giving to Matt, Chris regularly fundraised for the hospital, participating in the Donor Run at the Transplant Games and the Women’s 5Km in Hyde Park to raise money.
“When Matt was first diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, she took it in her stride and managed her life between work and taking him to hospital,” says Chris’ husband, John.
“It was always called a condition, not an illness. He was never allowed to use it as an excuse for not doing things. She kept to exactly that same mind set when she was diagnosed with breast cancer,” he added.
Since Chris’ passing, Matt’s kidneys have deteriorated, and he is currently on the list for a third transplant.
But thanks to his mum’s outlook and determination, he’s never felt held back by his condition despite the setbacks. Matt has competed in 11 Transplant Games and four mini games, winning quite a few medals.
“Chris was one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Nothing was too much trouble and she always saw the job through no matter what,” says John.
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