Transplant and dialysis sisters from Castlerea step out for IKA’s Run for a Life

Susan Mulligan, a kidney transplant recipient, came out of cocooning to meet her sister Julie Sutcliffe, a dialysis patient, over the June bank holiday weekend at the Phoenix Park in Dublin to highlight the Irish Kidney Association’s Virtual Run for a Life, which celebrates organ donation.

From Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, the sisters share the same genetic polycystic kidney disease, along with two other siblings and father, who has had a kidney transplant. Within just a few months of Susan, who lives in Dublin 8, undergoing her life-changing kidney transplant in June 2019, Julie, a mother of two, who lives in Aughrim, Co. Wicklow, commenced her twice-weekly journeys to Dublin for dialysis treatment at Tallaght Hospital.

Between now and Sunday, 21st of June, the public are invited to come together while staying apart to support the Irish Kidney Association and organ donation in its 12th Run for a Life by walking, jogging or running 2.5km, 5km or 10km in their local area and to register as many times as they like at

People can donate a €10 registration fee and can choose to be included on a leader board for their chosen distance via a link. They can also share photos of their endeavours on social media – using #runforalife. There will be prizes on offer for each distance, 2.5km 5km, 10km. As the event will run over three weeks people can enter as many times as they like by registering each time!

To register for the Irish Kidney Association’s Run for a Life log on to Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 01 6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. You can also visit the website or download a free ‘digital organ donor card’ APP to your phone.

The public can also support the work of the Irish Kidney Association and can Freetext KIDNEY to 50300 to donate €4.