Meet Caelim Worthing, our 2018 City-Bay Ambassador!

Team WCH Foundation is excited to announce our Ambassador for the 2018 City-Bay, Caelim Worthing, who is a long-term patient of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and a very talented runner.

Caelim was born with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), which is a malformation of the diaphragm that allows the abdominal organs to push into the chest cavity, hindering the proper formation on the lungs. CDH is life-threatening in infants and a major cause of death due to two complications: pulmonary hypoplasia (incomplete development of the lungs) and pulmonary hypertension (increased blood pressure within the arteries in the lungs) .

He spent the first two months of his little life in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital receiving treatment and enduring life-saving surgery when he was less than two days old. It was seven long weeks before mum, Kathy and dad Mark, were able to hold their beautiful baby boy for the first time, “He was taken directly to an incubator after he was born,” Kathy said.

Now a healthy 16-year-old, Caelim has grown up to be an avid runner, and can be regularly found at his local Park Run training for his next event. Because of this and of his own experience he was excited to join Team WCH Foundation as our 2018 Ambassador. “I appreciate the opportunity to do something for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and to raise awareness of families who need their help”.

Caelim’s Top Tips for the City-Bay

  1. Register to fundraise for the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation! You’ll get 50% off your race entry, and the motivation that you’re running for yourself AND a great cause is hard to beat!
  2. Register as a participant for the race! Once you’ve created your fundraising page (as above), your half-price entry code will be sent to you via email within 24 hours containing instructions on how to redeem your discount.
  3. Find yourself someone to run with to get race day ready – whether it’s a friend, family member or running partner. They will help keep you motivated!
  4. Expensive clothes and fitness gear are not necessary to run in. It’s all about partaking in the event and having fun!
  5. Put some effort into your race day training, just running around your block several times a week in the lead up with help get you ready.
  6. Eat a healthy and balanced diet, it will help with your energy and preparation for the event.
  7. Set yourself a goal to start or finish the City-Bay and see how you go. You might surprise yourself.
  8. Get involved in all the race day activities. Join in the celebrations after the race and celebrate what you’ve achieved.
  9. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before the City-Bay.
  10. And finally just give it a go. Don’t stress about the event or worry too much about the prep just get out and try it. Do something new and outside of your comfort zone.

This year, funds raised by Team WCH Foundation will go towards SA’s first purpose-built respite accommodation. This special holiday house will be especially for, and available to, hospital families who are caring around the clock for children requiring significant care and support due to a long-term and/or life-limiting illness. And it will offer a welcoming, calm and peaceful environment far from the physical and emotional stresses of the hospital setting.

Caelim is just one of the many amazing people that have joined our team so far this year. If you too want to support your hospital in this year’s City-Bay then click here and join the WCH Foundation team. To help get you ready, Caelim has shared some of his top tips below on how to get race day ready!

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