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Run For NiQi

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This is the story of 27-year young lady, NiQi During, who has battled a terrible disease her whole life, and just when she is given her second chance at life, it all seems to be taken away:

NiQi was diagnosed with a terminal Illness called Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at the age of 5 months. (Click link for more info) http://www.sacfa.org.za/about-cystic-fibrosis/

NiQi excelled at sports at school and that is what kept her healthy for so long. NiQi lived in Pietermaritzburg and when the last CF specialist left Pietermaritzburg her health started to deteriorate and the family made the big decision to move to Pretoria so NiQi could get better health care.

NiQi’s health deteriorated further to the point where her lung function was 17%, she was wheelchair bound and had to be on oxygen 24hours a day. NiQi was advised, at the rate of deterioration of her lungs, she would be dead in 2 years. This was the harsh reality that NiQi and her family had to deal with.

There was a glimmer of hope when the possibility of a double lung transplant presented itself and after careful consideration, NiQi decided to go ahead and get listed on the donor waiting list.

The day for the double lung transplant finally came and after a 6-hour operation, 3 weeks in dark, scary ICU, tubes, machines, bed pans etc, 3 weeks in a general ward, and NiQi was finally discharged with her new lungs... only to have a pulmonary embolism 4 days later causing her to be back in hospital.

One year after the transplant, her lungs started rejecting. NiQi spent almost 70 days of the year in hospital, in and out of ICU and general wards. NiQi has subsequently been in hospital, since January 2019, awaiting a second double lung transplant.

Despite all of this, NiQi never gave up but there is such a huge financial strain on NiQi and her family, it is difficult to stay positive. Every month they must pay NiQi’s medical aid, pay off additional medical expenses, daily living costs and with NiQi not being able to work a proper job, she often can’t get the funds together.

Making a difference for other people has always been an integral part of the Run for NiQi’s team members lives (Rhonwyn, Gerald and Graham) and what better way to do this, by doing what most CF patients can’t do. Run!

On Saturday 08 June 2019, Graham Wells and Gerald Pavel will be lining up in Pietermaritzburg to run to Durban, through the night, to then turn around and run Comrades Marathon 2019 back to Pietermaritzburg. To prepare for this challenge Gerald and Graham did the Deloitte Marathon, Bergville to Ladysmith and a Route Tester back to back to raise awareness and some much-needed funds for this great cause. Rhonwyn, who has also played a huge part in the Run for NiQi campaign, will also be doing Comrades on 09 June to raise funds for NiQi.

NiQi, being the selfless person, has pledged to donate 50% of whatever is raised to assist fellow Cystic Fibrosis patients and this will be facilitated through BackaBuddy.

This is where your love, generosity and help would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to support Graham, Gerald or Rhonwyn with their running challenge(s) we would be extremely grateful if you could please donate to Back-a-buddy https://www.backabuddy.co.za/run-for-niqi Every donation, no matter how big or small, will help to make a difference in someone’s life.

Please remember, you don't need 1 person to donate a hundred thousand rand, you just need one hundred thousand people to donate R1.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story.

 

Donations

  • Nov 19, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "

    I am asking the Lord Jesus to be with you Niqi

    " - Anonymous

  • Oct 24, 2019 - R 260.00
  • "

    I am asking the Lord Jesus to be with you Niqi

    " - Anonymous

  • Oct 08, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "I am asking the Lord Jesus to be with you Niqi" - Anonymous

  • Jun 22, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying for those new lungs that will make such a difference. Well done on the Comrades initiative guys!" - Christine

  • Jun 20, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "I got to know your name through your help with our search for Frankie.. Only recently did I see you also had your own battle you were fighting! You're n incredible inspiration! Praying for you! Xxx" - Bithia Trenam

  • Jun 15, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you Phyllis Geyser for your generous donation. " - Graham Wells

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "So proud of you graham and such a worthy cause ??" - Wells CT family

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 400.00
  • "Thank you Akash Singh for your donation. " - Graham Wells

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 25.69
  • "All the best" - Divan

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 7.17
  • "Sending you lots of love NiQi and trusting for the perfect pair of lungs to become available for you soon. You are brave and courageous and it shines through so strongly. Take care. Lots of love to u" - Anon

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 719.74
  • "Well done !!! It is an achievement to do 1 km ????????????" - Fiona

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 2 810.00
  • "We made Gerald Pavel an offer for his bravery in running back to back Comrades marathons in 2019. Hoping that this can assist in making a difference in Niqi's life." - Cupboard Value

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 60.00
  • "Praying for full recovery. A miracle upon miracle " - Hester 0721245270

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 110.00
  • "Tanx 4 ur courage." - Lg

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Praying for new lungs" - Anon

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 442.00
  • "Hollywood Bets AC Raffle. Thank you for your support." - Akash Singh

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "To the amazing people who have seen beyond their own abilities to to the struggle of others. To NiQi we wish you all the best for those new lungs" - Meg

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 110.00
  • "Good luck" - Kerosha

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Good Luck " - MAXINE GROBLER

  • Jun 09, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "I take my hat off to you. The thought of running 1 Comrades would terrify me... Running it back to back is unthinkable. What an incredible cause, I hope you reach your target. " - Danielle Hackett

  • Jun 09, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Good Luck.. Dawn" - Dawn

  • Jun 09, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Absolutely in awe of you all and your effort" - Sara

  • Jun 09, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "In awe of these men for their sacrifice and commitment. I don’t know you but your achievement has made me want to contribute this cause. " - Anon

  • Jun 09, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "From your fellow CF ! Jarryd Williamson " - Jarryd.

  • Jun 09, 2019 - USD $ 12.74
  • "Good luck!" - C

  • Jun 09, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Good Luck guys! " - @porkyspeople

  • Jun 08, 2019 - USD $ 14.07
  • "Best of luck! " - Meaghan

  • Jun 08, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Respect" - Anonymous

  • Jun 08, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Keep going Graham & Gerald. You are both so amazing. Sue" - Sue

  • Jun 08, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Sending hugs and healing" - Heather Shewan

  • Jun 08, 2019 - R 50.75
  • "Good luck" - Heather

  • Jun 08, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck to the guys for doing this crazy yet amazing act of kindness, and all the best NiQi, may you receive your new lungs shortly and make a speedy recovery! " - Erica

  • Jun 08, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck" - Derek Ridge

  • Jun 08, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Good luck guys and God Bless " - Anon

  • Jun 07, 2019 - USD $ 33.29
  • "Selfless service. " - anon

  • Jun 07, 2019 - R 50.00
  • "Great cause for a lovely Lady! Good luck guys!" - @porkyspeople

  • Jun 07, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you Mrs Beckley for your donation." - Lynette Beckley

  • Jun 02, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Love from the Longstead riders" - Zorro and Switch

  • May 28, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "So in awe of the sheer tenacity of the runners - much respect for your commitment to Niqi" - Sara

  • May 27, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Ladies Extavaganza" - Raffle Ladies extravaganza

  • May 26, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Champions!" - Philippa

  • May 25, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "to the two men running for this cause.huge respect and all the best.." - Glynn

  • May 24, 2019 - USD $ 32.73
  • "Praying for your recovery????" - Monica

  • May 13, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Stay strong, God's got this" - Anon

  • Apr 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Stay strong NiQi xx" - Carmen

  • Apr 05, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Such an awesome thing Graham and Gerald are doing" - Sue

  • Apr 01, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "May our Lord Jesus bless your health and your income. " - Tina

  • Mar 25, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "I am asking the Lord Jesus to be with you Niqi" - Anonymous

  • Mar 06, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "Wishing you all the very best." - Curves Hilton

  • Mar 04, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "May our Lord Jesus bless your health and your income. " - Tina

  • Mar 03, 2019 - USD $ 10.52
  • "Run for NiQi " - Francesca Williams

  • Feb 24, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Give it horns Graham" - Lynton

  • Feb 22, 2019 - R 59.42
  • "Anon" - Anon

  • Feb 10, 2019 - R 50.75
  • "God is able " - Anonymous

  • Feb 04, 2019 - USD $ 11.85
  • "X" - Anonymous

  • Jan 30, 2019 - R 101.50
  • "Sending love and kindness" - Anon

  • Jan 25, 2019 - R 101.50
  • "You are awesome. Strength and love. " - Lauren Corcoran

  • Jan 25, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Wishing you all the best" - Anon

  • Jan 24, 2019 - R 50.00
  • "So inspiring **whisper" - Abigail

  • Jan 24, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Hearts" - Ash

  • Jan 24, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "I am asking the Lord Jesus to be with you Niqi" - Anonymous

  • Jan 23, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "You are strong and courageous NiQi!" - Fiona Bailey

  • Jan 22, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "You are all so inspiring! " - Rhonwyn

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Run For NiQi is an initiative established in 2019 by Rhonwyn Brayley, Graham Wells and Gerald Pavel to raise funds for NiQi During's treatment for Cystic Fibrosis.
*All funds raised by our campaigns will be managed directly by BackaBuddy NPC.
  • 50% of funds raised will benefit NiQi During's ongoing medical treatment.
  • 50% of funds raised will benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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