Romford lung transplant survivor to mark anniversary with charity walk
A double-lung transplant survivor will celebrate the first anniversary of her life-saving surgery by doing a charity walk for the Havering hospice which nursed her when she was dying.
Cystic fibrosis sufferer Victoria Tremlett, known as Tor, began end-of-life care at St Francis Hospice, last Autumn after her lung function plunged to just 19 per cent.
The student could not move “20 steps” around her Romford home as she succumbed to the end stages of the degenerative disease.
But now she has pledged to join the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on October 7.
Tor, 25, said: “I wanted to do something to mark the first year after my transplant and support the organisations that had helped me. I’ve always wanted to do a big walk but have never been able to, so this will be a real challenge, particularly as I still get tired.”
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Tor was given 18 months to live by doctors in 2006 and has endured eight heartbreaking false alarms before an organ match was found on October 10.
Tor hopes to raise up to �2,000 for the Havering-atte-Bower based hospice which nursed her at home.
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Tor, who will be dressed as Superwoman for the event, said: “I was on oxygen 24/7, needed a wheelchair and was entirely dependent on those around me. The smallest tasks left me gasping for breath and I couldn’t walk the 20 steps to the bathroom.”
“St Francis Hospice provided such wonderful support and helped make me comfortable when I was really ill.”
Now Tor has set her self “small goals” to build up strength before October.
She added: “Despite my recovery going well I still suffer with pain and get tired easily so this is going to be a real challenge for me, I am literally building on four years of muscle wastage, but I am determined to make the most of every day I have been blessed with.”
If you are inspired to take part in the half marathon contact the hospice fundraising team at email@example.com or call 01708 771405.
Places must be booked by August 17.
You can sponsor Tor at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=TorTremlett&faId=232356&isTeam=false
For more info go to: www.sfh.org.uk