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Treacy taking up baton from wife in run for kidney donor awareness

RTE reporter Vivienne Traynor had planned to take part in this year's Irish Kidney Association's 'Run For A Life' to highlight organ donor awareness. But Traynor, who donated a kidney to her nephew just over two years ago, found the date of this year's run -- Sunday, October 23 -- clashed with another important event -- the day she is due to give birth.

Keen to support the event, however, she enlisted the help of her husband, RTE Sports presenter Justin Treacy, who is now is planning to take part in the fun run if he is not required in the labour ward that day!

Donating a kidney two years ago has proved no barrier to having a fourth child for Traynor. "One additional check-up with my nephrologist was the only requirement," she said.

The transplant of her kidney to her nephew, Martin, has been a huge success for both donor and recipient.

'Run For A Life' coincides with the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation, held in Geneva on the previous day. The European campaign aims to highlight the increasing need for organ transplants across Europe.

Those participating in the fun run will have the option of walking, jogging or running competitively in either a 3.4km, 6.7km or 10km event in Dublin's Park West, commencing at 12.0. You can also enter a team of three in a 3x3.3km Team Relay Race.

The 'Run For A Life' event is sponsored by pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma Co.

All proceeds raised from this event will go directly to the Irish Kidney Association, the patients' organisation charged with the promotion and distribution of the organ donor card in Ireland.

For registration and further details log on to www.runforalife.ie.

Irish Independent