Highway resident helps Toti singer get to NY

2015-06-02 06:00
Fred McKenzie ran Comrades to raise funds for Keely Crocker.
Photo: supplied

Fred McKenzie ran Comrades to raise funds for Keely Crocker. Photo: supplied

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“IF you can dream it, you can do it.”

It is no surprise that Upper Highway runner Fred McKenzie feels this way as he completed his 12th Comrades on Sunday.

McKenzie made this run more spirited as he ran in aid of Keely Crocker, a 12-year-old Amanzimtoti girl who suffers from a rare kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulo Sclerosis (FSGS).

He said when he heard about girl’s story he felt he couldn’t sit back and do nothing.

“Keely was diagnosed in February 2012 and spent every second weekend in hospital for treatment,” said McKenzie.

“By March 2013 her condition had deteriorated and after a second opinion, it was decided to stop the treatment she was on, which at the time was making her very ill.

“A month later she was so weak she couldn’t walk. After many frantic phone calls and specialists visits, she was diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency caused through the sudden withdrawal of the IV Methyl-prednisone she had been on for 13 months.”

McKenzie said that three months of steroid replacement therapy got her adrenal glands working again. In September she was diagnosed as papilledema caused through pressure on the brain (Intracranial Hypertension), and all extra-mural activities were immediately stopped.

“However, she doesn’t let the fact that she has a kidney disease get her down and plays sport for her school and achieves academically.

“Keely also sings for various charities and sang four songs in the Talent Africa Nationals competition. She obtained two gold and two silver medals and a place in the SA Team to compete in New York in July,” said the 56-year- old father of one.

“For me to read Keely’s achievements and hear her sing is such an inspiration and it should also be to many other people. I just couldn’t sit back and not help this young girl get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase her talent.

“So I am trying to raise funds for her to get to New York and ran Comrades in aid of this.

To aid in the cause e-mail, thecrockers@telkomsa.net or fred@ramses.co.za, alternatively call 083 789 2987

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