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Posted: Sat 25th Sep 2021
An “inspirational” monetary planner is to run the London Marathon in help of a youngsters’s hospice charity only a yr after having a kidney transplant.
Rhys Owen, 34, who works for Hadlow Edwards Wealth Administration Ltd in Wrexham, is again on the street to health after his loving youthful sister donated one in all her kidneys to him.
He says he has been given a brand new lease of life following the operation in February 2020 and as a method of thanking sister, Hannah Owen, 26, he’s resolved to benefit from his future.
Based on Rhys, he “hates working with a ardour” however he’s nonetheless decided to tackle the lengthy distance problem.
The dad-of-three desires to show to his youngsters that even the best obstacles could be overcome with positivity and dedication.
Regardless of having what he described as an in-built aversion to working he volunteered to do the marathon virtually instantly when the chance was offered by Hadlow Edwards.
The corporate are enterprise champions for the Hope Home/Tŷ Gobaith charity, which has youngsters’s hospices in Morda, close to Oswestry and within the Conwy Valley.
They repeatedly do fundraising actions in help of the hospices which help youngsters with life limiting circumstances and their households in North Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire and Powys.
When the charity contacted Hadlow Edwards to say it had been awarded plenty of locations within the London Marathon which this yr takes place on October 3, Rhys stepped ahead despite the fact that he had been in hospital present process his kidney transplant operation solely months earlier.
He mentioned: “I assumed to myself that what I’ve been by way of is nothing in comparison with what a few of these youngsters and their households are enduring.
“I’ve been given this renewed likelihood at life, the chance to regain my health and return to full well being however for some youngsters there is no such thing as a such hope. They deserve all of the help we are able to presumably give them even when it means pushing ourselves properly out of our consolation zones.”
Though the operation on the Royal Liverpool Hospital went properly his preliminary post-op restoration interval was not simple going.
He mentioned: “My sister has a unique blood sort to myself and in consequence my physique began to reject the kidney. It meant I wanted a extremely specialist drug however we needed to get particular permission from the Welsh Meeting to manage the drug because it price a lot cash per dose.”
After writing to the Welsh Meeting Authorities, permission was given for Rhys to have 4 doses of the drug Eculizumab over 4 weeks at a price of £250,000 per dose. His kidney perform is now as much as practically 50% general.
He says he now has much more power than he can bear in mind having earlier than and his sister who lives in Handbridge, Chester, and is a eager athlete herself has additionally totally recovered.
He mentioned: “Hannah has at all times been into excessive power sports activities together with triathlons and so the London Marathon appears nothing compared to what she does. It’s a form of tribute to her that I’m taking this on board.”
Rhys has been in coaching since June, going out at the very least 3 times every week and slowly build up his working distance. He has now reached 20 miles and is hoping the colourful environment of the marathon will assist spur him on to finish the additional distance of a full marathon – 26.2 miles.
He lives in Bangor along with his companion Tracy and their three youngsters, Callum, eight, Oscar, six and Evelyn, two.
He’s grateful to Hadlow Edwards for arranging for him to work from home throughout a lot of the pandemic when he was categorised as extraordinarily susceptible and liable to COVID-19.
He’s hoping to lift at the very least £1,500 from the run for Hope Home/Tŷ Gobaith Hospice.
Cat Dowdeswell mentioned: “What Rhys is doing for us is awe inspiring. Having braved so many challenges himself we’re massively grateful for him taking over this objective.”
Cat mentioned the fundraising effort was wanted greater than ever this yr because the organisation’s charity outlets needed to shut throughout nationwide lockdowns and lots of group fundraising occasions needed to be cancelled resulting from social distancing protocols.
She mentioned: “If it weren’t for individuals like Rhys and our different marathon runners then we’d desperately battle to keep up these providers. He’s a real hero.”
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