Colac athlete Zac Munro never anticipated needing the support of Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital until he collapsed during a running race two years ago.
Now the 16-year-old long-distance runner and schoolmate Emily Frampton are running a combined 150 kilometres for a month to raise money for the hospital’s Good Friday Appeal.
“In the end, they really do save the future of Australia,” Zac said of the hospital.
“It is a very advanced hospital, they are friendly, all of the staff, and they are there to help you and they create nice loving environment.”
Zac spent a week at the hospital in 2017 when cardiologists diagnosed him with mild cardiomyopathy, after he collapsed during a regional cross country race at Warrnambool.
Doctors then allowed Zac to compete in North America later that year, but last month he collapsed again while running in the Trinity College sports carnival, weeks into his fundraising efforts.
Zac’s mother Heather said her son would return to the Royal Children’s Hospital for further tests next month, and in the meantime he could not run competitively but could continue to run the fundraising distance at a reduced pace.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.