Goal set to run 65km

Determined: Stephanie Craft hopes to raise $1000 from her run.
Determined: Stephanie Craft hopes to raise $1000 from her run.

The 65 Roses Challenge, which is what cystic fibrosis has been nicknamed ever since a child mispronounced the condition, is held in May to coincide with Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.

Tomorrow is National Awareness Day and this has inspired the 65 Roses Challenge, which asks people to participate in a fundraising event themed around the number 65.

Ms Craft said she had only recently taken up running, which has seen her lose eight kilograms, so she thought it would be a good challenge to improve her health.

The 27-year-old said she was motivated by her friend’s daughter who has cystic fibrosis.

‘I don’t think a lot of people know much about it,’ she said.

‘I didn’t even know what it was before they had their daughter.’

Ms Craft said the biggest challenge of her goal was when she fell ill earlier in the month, which meant that by May 22 she had only completed 17km.

‘The pressure is on now but I’m definitely going to finish it,’ she said.

Her participation in the 12km Run For A Reason last Sunday would help her total.

‘I’ve got the goal to try and do four to five kilometres a day for the rest of the month to hit that target,’ she said.

‘Even if it comes down to May 31 and I have 20km to run, I’ll do it because it’s not an option to not complete it.

Ms Craft hopes to raise $1000.

To donate, go to 65roseswa13.everydayhero.com/au/stephanie-craft.