THREE-time Paralympic tandem cyclist Lyn Lepore will be joining her family on a “leisure” 12km walk towards a cure for inherited retinal disease.
The Ballajura resident (56) and her two sisters were born with the disease, which involves having tunnel vision, night blindness and kidney disease.
Although able to see colour and read large print, Lepore lost her full vision after taking a redundancy from work to pursue her Paralympic dream in 1999.
Her achievements include gold, silver and bronze medals at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and breaking a world record with her husband Paul at the 1995 European Championships.
Lepore and her two nieces will be raising funds for Retina Australia WA, where she is a committee member, as part of the HBF Run for a Reason on May 28.
The Edith Cowan University exercise and sports science graduate said she wanted young people and other blind, vision-impaired people to help fundraise for research.
“We will see what time we will do because I said we are going to enjoy the live bands along the way and music… it is really a happy walk,” she said.
“Being an athlete previously, to me, it is just another goal to aim for – especially after my transplant, having so much more energy, I just want to keep healthy.
“My nephew, my oldest sister’s son, donated his kidney to me and my two sisters donated theirs to my other two sisters so it (inherited retinal disease) is a whole family thing.
“I just want to treasure what I have got, the gift that I have been given is very special.”
Lepore said her family was part of a research project in Victoria which aimed to find which genes were responsible for their condition.
“We want to know our future generations and their future children don’t have to go through what we’ve been through,” she said.
“If we work on it together, then you can help those with inherited retinal disease see a brighter future.”