‘Crab Run’ to help those with cystic fibrosis

The widow of a Derry man who died as a result of cystic fibrosis is calling on people to take part in a run to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in the city next month.

Joanne Feeney’s husband, Kevin, was born with cystic fibrosis but sadly he passed away in 2007 aged 33.

The late Kevin 'Crab' Feeney.

The late Kevin 'Crab' Feeney.

The couple were married in Rome in 2001 and despite being aware of Kevin’s short life expectancy Joanne made her way down the aisle quicker than any bride-to-be before her.

Since 2011, Joanne and a close friend of Kevin’s called Sean Morrow, have organised a run and walk in Kevin’s memory; all of the sponsorship money raised goes towards people living in the North of Ireland with cystic fibrosis.

Joanne will be accepting registration forms for this year’s ‘Crab Walk/Run’ in Northside Shopping Centre between 12pm and 4pm.

“Kevin was one in a million and every year when I see so many of his friends and family members taking part it reminds me just how special he was and still is.”

Last year almost 300 people took part in the 10K walk/run and the event helped to raise £3,850.

“The Bentley Bar have been a great help. Last year they put on a bit of food and entertainment after the run - it was great craic,” said Sean.

“Hopefully this year we can make the ‘Crab Run’ bigger and better.

“The reason it’s called the ‘Crab Run’ is because if Kevin went to a Celtic match he’d be walking like a crab by the time he got off the ferry in Belfast,” laughed Sean.

The 2014 Crab Run will take place on Sunday June 16; registration costs £5. For more information check out the ‘Crab Run’ Facebook page.