Real-life superhero runs to make live music accessible

Posted on 12.05.2018

Real-life superhero runs to make live music accessible

After music helped Kerry get through some serious health challenges, she’s giving back by fundraising for Attitude is Everything… dressed as Batgirl!

Support Kerry’s challenge and donate at her fundraising page here.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm 39, I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 9. I started getting serious complications, including sight loss, at the age of 25. I wasn't expected to live beyond 30, but in 2008 I received a Pancreas transplant that transformed my life. The complications are now stable, and I'm fitter than I have ever been in my life!

It hasn't been easy. I had complications after the transplant that required two further surgeries, and I was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. However, I am now back to full fitness competing regularly in Para Dressage with my horse Supreme, working full time as an Accountant, and triathlon training for an additional 14 hours a week!

Why did you choose to fundraise for Attitude is Everything?

I chose to fundraise for Attitude is Everything after coming across the charity purely by chance after signing up for the Skyline Superhero Run! After finding out about the fantastic work they do I knew I wanted to raise as much money as I could.

Music, particularly live music, is something I am very passionate about. I am the daughter of a musician and all my memories are entwined with music. All through my illness I continued to get out to gigs as often as I could, even during the two years that I found myself bedridden. We hired wheelchairs and I even went to a Red Hot Chili Peppers gig whilst being fed by nasogastric tube.

It gave me something to look forward to, it gave me energy when I had none, it helped me to maintain my mental wellbeing during the most difficult time in my life. Music can inspire, motivate and help you overcome.

At one point my pain was so terrible that I hadn't slept more than about half an hour at a time for three weeks, I listened to Slipknot continuously and their song Duality became a coping method. When I was able to see them at the Download festival the emotions were overwhelming!

What made you decide to do a fancy-dress run?

The Superhero Run is ultimately a big excuse for adults to dress up and run round like superheroes for the day! I just chose to extend that and run Parkruns and the Superhero Tri in fancy dress too.

How have you prepared for this challenge?

I started running in January with the NHS Couch to 5K plan and my training has progressed from there! I would highly recommend the plan to anyone looking to improve their fitness, I couldn't run a step in January and the plan made it fairly painless.

What advice would you give to other fundraisers?

Be loud, outrageous and forget any self-respect you might have had! Running round dressed as Batgirl has attracted a lot of attention and therefore a lot of donations. I've spoken to anyone who would listen about the charity and my fundraising, kept my social media updated and current with my giving pages, including changing my name for the duration to Blind as a Batgirl.

Support Kerry’s challenge and donate at her fundraising page here.