Henley Brook father Michael Cahill finds reason to run


Zoe (8) and Michael Cahill in training
Zoe (8) and Michael Cahill in training

HENLEY Brook resident Michael Cahill (36) has lived with cystic fibrosis (CF) all his life.

The condition affects the lungs and causes breathing difficulties, and is the most common life-threatening genetic condition affecting children in Australia.

Memories of Mr Cahill’s childhood are filled with hospital wards, doctors, nurses and daily medication.

However, after taking part in a clinical trial two years ago Mr Cahill’s life has changed.

“Living with CF meant I would contract numerous chest infections and constantly have to take sick days off work,” he said.

“I also found it hard to do too much physical exercise and would probably only be able to run a maximum of 2km at the best of times. Now I am able to run, and will be participating in the Run for a Reason for the second year in a row.”

Mr Cahill will complete the 4km run with eight-year-old daughter Zoe, the other half of Team Cahill.

“She has been my rock. We have been training hard most weekends,” he said.

Mr Cahill also said his daughter liked to push herself during their runs in the park.

Zoe said she was running in this year’s Run for a Reason to “help Daddy breath easier”.

Cystic fibrosis is still without a cure, something Mr Cahill hopes is found in the near future.

“I participate to support the Institute for Respiratory Health,” Mr Cahill said.

“Also to raise awareness of respiratory diseases and the role of clinical trials. With the funds raised, it goes to research, which we know will make a difference to the lives of those living with a respiratory condition.”

Run for a Reason is on Sunday, May 22.

To donate, visit www.hbfrun2016.everyday|hero.com/au/team-cahill.