Marathon mum needs help

Liz Pelham with daughters Abigail (2) and Isabelle (4). Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d409441
Liz Pelham with daughters Abigail (2) and Isabelle (4). Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d409441

The mother of two healthy girls hopes to raise $25,000 for the Miracle Babies Foundation, which supports families of babies born sick or premature.

Liz’s inspiration is friend Amy O’Connor, who gave birth to twin boys Lachlan and Finnigan at 23 weeks gestation in 2009 after going into premature labour.

Sadly, Finnigan died at two days while Lachlan, who weighed in at 750g and spent six weeks on a ventilator, is now a happy, healthy four-year-old.

Determined other families with premature and sick newborns would have support, Amy was among mothers to help set up a WA branch of the not-for-profit group.

As well as honouring Finnigan and ticking the overseas marathons off her bucket list, Liz has another reason for running.

‘I have been blessed with two healthy full-term babies however, I was a premature baby born at 29 weeks and weighing 1590g,’ she said.

‘Back in 1981, there were no foundations such as Miracle Babies working with hospitals to support mothers.

‘This is something that my mum mentioned would have been invaluable to her in bonding and caring for such a little baby.’

Liz has run in City-to-Surf and Run-for-a-Reason events but the two 42km overseas marathons will be a first.

‘The distance doesn’t scare me, the fundraising does,’ she said. ‘I need to raise $11,000 by April next year to run in the London Marathon and $14,000 by November next year to run in the New York Marathon.

‘So far I have raised $1500.’

Go to www.marathonformiracles.com for details or to donate.