About 10 years ago my Aunt was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called antitrypsin deficiency (alpha 1). This resulted in her having chronic lung disease.

Over the years her lungs got worse and she began to struggle with breathing. This meant she would have to carry an oxygen tank around with her. Unfortunately, about two years ago my Aunt started to get a lot worse and was continuously in and out of hospital with lung infections. She was given the opportunity to be put on the waiting list for a lung transplant, which would change her life and improve her ability to breath properly again.

On the 18th December 2017 she received a lung transplant. She recovered well and was able to go home at the beginning of April. The transplant meant she no longer needed inhalers, medication or oxygen.

However, in December 2018 she wasn't feeling well and got another lung infection. She was taken back in to Harefield Hospital for treatment, but whilst there she contracted a bacterial infection. The hospital gave her every bit of medication they could, but she was too weak to fight her illness and sadly on the 12th January 2019 she passed away.

My Aunty Alison was such a lovely and fun person to be around. I'm truly grateful she was a part of my life and everyone else's she was involved with. I have decided to run 26 miles and raise as much money as possible so that another person can have the opportunity to have a lung transplant and a better quality of life.

Rebecca Cox