A woman will run the London Marathon today in memory of her father who underwent multiple transplants as he battled cystic fibrosis.
Juliet Gordon, 34, will take on the 26.2-mile course today alongside thousands of other runners. Juliet is raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in memory of her father Mark Dolby, from Market Deeping.
Mark had a remarkable life, undergoing a heart, double lung and liver transplant in 1987 when aged just 26.
When Mark later suffered kidney failure, Juliet’s mother, Christine, became his living kidney donor in 2005. Mark was the first man ever to have a triple transplant and the longest survivor of heart, lung, liver and kidney transplant before he died aged 49 in 2010.
Juliet, who lives and works in London, was inspired to run Sunday’s marathon by her dad’s unfailing courage and optimism.
She said: “Dad will always be my hero, he had a wonderful sense of humour and always looked on the bright side of life. He never let his illness get in the way of living life to the full.
“He did a lot of work with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, encouraged people to donate organs for transplant and hoped that one day there would be a cure for cystic fibrosis. He encouraged me never to give up and I want to run as a celebration of his life.
“I’m sure he’ll be cheering me on in heaven and carrying me to the finish line with his high spirits.”
Juliet’s training has been blighted by an inflamed hip but she is determined to finish the race and raise as much as she can for the charity. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust invests in cutting-edge research to develop better treatments and ultimately find a cure. It also provides support to those with cystic fibrosis and their families and help drive up standards in medical care.
n To sponsor Juliet, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/JulietGordon.