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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Week 5: Run for Temple Street and transform children's lives

Temple Street Children’s Hospital set 2FM DJ Ruth Scott a challenge to recruit as many women as possible to walk, jog or run the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon on June 1.

Each year, over 1,000 loyal female supporters throw on a Temple Street T-shirt and take part in the fun 10k.

 And as a result, they have helped the hospital transform the lives of thousands of sick children.

Seven-month-old Zoe Ennis was admitted to Temple Street on January 14 when she stopped breathing.

 Zoe was diagnosed with a condition called Tracheobronchomalacia, which is softening or damage to the structures of the airway walls, which caused the toddler to stop breathing.

Since January Zoe has been in the care of the doctors and nurses in Temple Street. She is on a ventilator at night and is tube fed.

 It is hoped that as Zoe continues to grow the effects of her condition will lessen and her breathing will regulate.

When Ruth Scott visited the hospital last week she was delighted to meet this amazing and happy little girl who has now been in the hospital for over seven weeks. Ruth said of the visit: “When I decided to do the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon for Temple Street, I wanted to spend some time in the hospital meeting the little fighters that I would be running for.

“I was completely blown away by these amazing children. They face challenges that I can’t even imagine and their parents are so brave and strong.”

This year Team Temple Street is raising funds to go towards the building of a new Neurology and Renal Outpatients Unit.

These are two of the hospital’s major specialties and the expert care in these units is a lifeline for more than 6,000 sick children each year.

To take part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon sign up at www.vhiwomensminimarathon.com to get your race number and then register to run for Temple Street at www.templestreet.ie

Annette Small is the Communications Manager, Children’s Fund for Health, Temple Street Children’s University Children’s Hospital

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