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Abbey Wood girl to run 10km for cystic fibrosis charity after lung transplant

PUBLISHED: 18:00 07 May 2014

Danny and Sophie Gannon will run together

Danny and Sophie Gannon will run together

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A school office assistant who underwent a double lung transplant is gearing up for a 10km run to raise money for a cystic fibrosis charity.

Sophie Gannon, 25, who works at St Paul’s Academy, Abbey Wood, will be taking on the BUPA 10km run in central London on May 25.

She will be joined by her younger brother Danny and they are running to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Sophie said: “I’m used to going to the gym for lung function but frequent stomach problems in the past meant my weight was not right. It was a big vicious circle just to keep well and my mum saved my life a few times through intuition. Now my weight is stable post-transplant, I’m in a better place, and for me, this is brilliant lung function!”.

Speaking about how her family had helped raise awareness of cystic fibrosis, she said: “Danny’s brilliant and ran the London Marathon in 2012 and my dad did one about 20 years ago. I’ve always wanted to do something like that, but until now, I’ve never been well enough. I used to lie and watch the London Marathon in bed.”

Sophie had the double lung transplant in August 2011 at Harefield Hospital.

To sponsor Sophie and her brother please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Gannon.

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