Mothers have hope for cure

Donna O’Neill, Tracy Blayney, Sonia Pinwill and Laura Stoll are raising funds for cystic fibrosis through a relay event at Jetts Peregian Springs.
Donna O’Neill, Tracy Blayney, Sonia Pinwill and Laura Stoll are raising funds for cystic fibrosis through a relay event at Jetts Peregian Springs. Geoff Potter

FINDING motivation to get to the gym is not so difficult when you have got your child at heart.

Four Sunshine Coast mothers will run a 65km relay on a treadmill at Jetts Peregian Springs next Saturday to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Australia for its annual fundraiser 65 Roses Day.

The relay, 65km For Cystic Fibrosis, has set a target of $6500.

More than $3800 has been raised to date. The runners, Peregian Springs' Donna O'Neill, Coolum's Sonia Pinwill, Noosaville's Tracy Blayney and Pacific Paradise's Laura Stoll, each have a vested interest in the cause, all having a child with cystic fibrosis.

"Every day we fight for our children's health and we dream of a day where 'CF' stands for 'Cure Found'," Ms O'Neill said.

She said the idea came to her back in March.

"I know quite a few families in New South Wales who hold an annual 65km walk to raise funds for cystic fibrosis and I just said we should do something like that here."

They plan to run next Saturday's relay in 4km blocks - 16.25km each.

They all met through their child's CF. Ms O'Neill and her son, Saxon, 7, met Ms Pinwill, and Evie, 6, and Mrs Blayney and her son Keegan, 6, through local events. They all met Ms Stoll this week, who will run for her daughter Sophie, 2. Ms O'Neill had met Ms Stoll on Facebook.

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CF is the most common life threatening, recessive genetic condition affecting Australian children.

Symptoms can include poor weight gain, troublesome coughs, repeated chest infections, salty sweat and abnormal stools.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects a number of organs in the body (especially the lungs and pancreas) by clogging them with thick, sticky mucus.

In Australia, all babies are screened at birth for CF.

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