For more than 20 years Joanne Davies has battled kidney disease and has needed constant treatment.
But now she is preparing for her first Cardiff 10K race in aid of Kidney Wales.
At a young age Joanne started to encounter problems with her kidneys, regularly experiencing the uncomfortable pain of infection.
Doctors told Joanne and her parents that one of her kidneys was not functioning correctly.
Despite the doctors trying to resolve the issues she was put on medication for eight years and now relies on one fully-functioning kidney. At the age of 16 Joanne was weaned off medication but she still has to visit her GP annually for blood tests to make sure everything is working as it should.
Last year Joanne, who works as a production co-ordinator at the Wales Millennium Centre, successfully completed the Cardiff Half Marathon and says it is the fact that Kidney Wales organises the Cardiff 10K which has made her want to raise money for the charity and train to complete the distance in a fast time.
“Running the distance for a charity that has direct links with my medical history makes all of the training worthwhile,” she said. “I am most looking forward to the feeling of accomplishment when I finish the race.”
This year’s race will take place on September 7, with the Cardiff 10K at 10am and the 2K family run at 9.15am, where Joanne will be running alongside others who are raising awareness for a number of charities.
The race boasts to be one of the top 10 road races in the UK, and sees top athletes running with celebrities and members of the public for the cause.
Founded by Kidney Wales 29 years ago, the Cardiff 10K is Wales’ leading and longest-run road race, which guides runners through the heart of the Welsh capital on a flat, fast-paced course.
Last September’s event saw a record of almost 4,000 runners take part that raised a record sum for Kidney Wales, which is going directly into improving care for patients.
Funds raised from last year’s race have purchased a new state-of-the-art dialysis machine which was unveiled this month at the Children’s Kidney Centre in the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. This will provide life-saving treatment to youngsters who need dialysis three times a week, 52 weeks a year.
The staff at the Children’s Kidney Centre, the Cellular Pathology Department and the Finance Office at the University Hospital Wales will also be getting involved by running the race again this year.
Registration is open and people of all ages are being urged to get involved with the iconic run with options to enter as an individual, or with friends or work colleagues in the Community and Corporate Team Challenge.