Kingspan hero eyes the ‘Super 6’ marathons in overcoming Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

9 January 2019 Kingspan Group
New York Marathon
Set to become the first ever lung transplant recipient to complete the “Super 6” major marathons, David Crosby, who lives close to Kingspan’s headquarters in Kingscourt, Ireland, tells an inspiring story of overcoming health uncertainty to achieve his fitness goals.
 
Having received the shock of being diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in 2015, David underwent a lung transplant in 2016, only to go on and complete the New York City marathon in 2017. In a truly remarkable recovery, David demonstrated the success of his operation by completing the gruelling course, using his challenge to raise awareness of organ donation and IPF.
 
Unwilling to stop at this great achievement, David’s relentless drive and unbreakable spirit transpired the day after the New York marathon in 2017. While attending a special recognition presentation from the New York marathon, the idea dawned of the Super 6 marathon challenge. David recalls the day, saying:
As I turned to my wife and mother, I could see them throw their eyes to the sky, as they knew what was coming next ‘I’m going to do the Super 6'.
Following the sad loss of three siblings to lung disease when he was young, David’s decision was all the more emotional and significant for his entire family, including his mother Kathleen and wife Katie. Less than 2,000 people in the world have completed the ‘Super 6’ marathons and David is set to become the first ever lung transplant recipient.
 
Having ticked off with the New York marathon in 2017 and Berlin in September 2018, David has only 104.8 miles to go!
 
Each experience brings with it new learnings and new cultural sights. Next on the agenda is the London marathon in April 2019 where David will be joined by a team of 30 people on the famous route from Greenwich to the Mall. This will be followed by Tokyo in March 2020, Boston - one of the oldest marathons in the world - in April 2021, and concluding with Chicago in October 2021.
 
The decision to finish in Chicago made sense to David for several reasons:
First off I am a massive Chicago Bears fan whose number 24 Jordan Howard is an Ambassador to raise awareness of IPF. The city is also the headquarters of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation so it felt right to end the incredible journey in Chicago.
Recalling all the outstanding moments and remarkable accomplishments David acknowledges the motivation, support and involvement he receives from the local community.
The response in Kingscourt is truly amazing. The entire community, including Kingspan, rally together. At some of the events we had over 300 people turn up for a 5km or 10km run. After the events people have commented on the benefits for the body and mind.  I am eternally grateful to the community in Kingscourt and the continuing support from Kingspan.

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