e got the 65km run over 36 hours, but when Marina Village’s Keith McCabe said he was doing it for 65 Roses, we was stumped.
We should have guessed, of course, given that Keith is the chair of Cystic Fibrosis.
And when it comes to kids pronouncing difficult words, well, 65 Roses is a perfect name for this inherited chronic disease. Affecting the lungs and the digestive system, 1 in 19 people in Ireland are said to carry one copy of the generic gene that causes Cystic Fibrosis, giving this country the highest incidence rate for the disease in the world.
That you can lead a full and happy life with CF is pretty obvious when you meet someone like Senan, Keith’s 7-year-old son. With CF Ireland’s awareness day landing last Friday, the number 65 was bouncing around in Keith’s head. And he was soon banging that head with his lesser brother, Dave, as they came up with the idea of doing 10 6.5km runs ever four hours to both mark the day and raise some much-needed funds for the organisation.
“It felt like something that would certainly mark the day,” says Keith when we met up this evening down at Greystones Harbour. “And then, as the big day approached, both of us did begin to question what the hell we had let ourselves in for…”
Calling on anyone and everyone to join in at any point on the 10 runs, as the Dublin-based Dave tackled Phoenix Park, Keith took on Greystones, joined at various points by friends, family and supporters. One guy even went so far as to get himself out of bed in the middle of the night so he could park outside Aldi and, upon seeing Keith jog into view, blasted out Survivor’sEye Of The Tigerfrom his car stereo.
“That’s the kind of spirit we’re dealing with around here,” laughs Keith. “There were many moments like that, including incredible friends such as Ross Thompson, Andrea Splendori and Liam Sweeney.
“The support in this town was just amazing…”
With a staggering €24,000 raised so far, you can throw a few shekels into the golden pot right abouthere, and find out more about CF Ireland right abouthere.
In the meantime, we sat down with Keith to find out just how far we’ll go for the ones we love…
Again, you can donate to Keith’s runhere, and find out more about CF Ireland right abouthere.
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