Tipperary family in Run for Life

Playing their part in promoting organ donation, Carrick-on-Suir family Ned and Deidre Crowe and their children will take part in the IKA’s Run for a Life on Saturday, October 13.

Playing their part in promoting organ donation, Carrick-on-Suir family Ned and Deidre Crowe and their children will take part in the IKA’s Run for a Life on Saturday, October 13.

The couple made Irish history in April 2008, by being the first husband and wife to undergo a spouse to spouse living kidney transplant, and Deirdre donated one of her kidneys to her husband Ned. The couple and their sons Niall (12) and Sean (11) will don their running shoes to take part in the charity Family Fun Run.

Speaking in advance of the Fun Run Ned Crowe said - “As a family who has been touched by organ failure we really enjoyed taking part in last year’s fun run which celebrates life and we look forward to once again this year supporting the event which highlights the plight of people with organ failure. This year’s Fun Run offers people, young and old, and of all levels of fitness an opportunity to take part as they can choose to walk, jog or run at the event which offers three different distances 3.4km, 6.7km and 10km.”

Ned and his family enjoying keeping fit and last month Ned cycled the 100k route in the Sean Kelly tour of Waterford and he along with 25 other transplant recipients have taken part in a 10k Run in Nice for the past number of years.

Ned is a member of Transplant Team Ireland and he participated in the European Transplant & Dialysis Games when they were held in Dublin in 2010 (as a kidney transplant recipient) and in Hungary in 2006 (when he was receiving dialysis treatment). At the 2010 Games, Ned won two bronze medals in the Badminton and Petanque events. At the 2006 Games, Ned secured a Gold medal in Badminton and a Silver for the 200m race.

Run for a Life is organised by the Irish Kidney Association and the main sponsor for the event is pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma Co. Ltd. It will coincide with European Day for Organ Donation & Transplantation which takes place on the same day.