I was lucky enough to be a small part, as photographer for a very worthy cause this past Saturday.
Ex-marine, Peter Moore, who suffers from severe COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) completed his 7-7-7 Swim. Peter wanted to do the swim in support of a fellow double lung transplant candidate and to raise awareness on the importance of organ donation.
One organ donor can save 7 lives and to keep with the theme of 7, Peter decided to do the swim on the 7th day of the 7th month. What an amazing self set challenge, especially seeing as Peter only has been 18% and 24% lung function; not to mention the water this time of year is icy cold!
Years ago Peter ran into a room to close a chlorine gas cylinder which was accidentally opened so children in the area could be evacuated before suffering any ill effects from the leak. Thankfully none of the children were effected but unfortunately Peter suffered burns to his lungs after inhaling the chlorine gas as he wasn’t able to hold his breath long enough before leaving the gas filled area.
Sadly due to Peters COPD he was boarded so relies on government medical care. Having such low lung function, being inactive, dependent on daily oxygen and being on copious amounts of medication escalated Peters weight which meant he did not qualify to be on the transplant list.
Fast forward a few years and with relentless dedication and lots of hard work, Peter lost the weight and became the first oxygen dependent person in the world to complete an open water swimming event. What an achievement! That Sundays River Mile swim planted the seed for his 7-7-7 swim.
Saturday turned out to be a beautiful sunshiny day but sadly nothing could warm the icy waters. Peter said the water was so cold it made his body ache and for the first part of the swim, his heart rate was extremely high, making it even more difficult to breathe! Soon enough he had his heart rate under control but then the cramps set in. Not deterred Peter kept a smile on his face with his end goal in mind.
4 hours and 15 minutes later, Peter achieved his goal of 7km! What a hero.
Next step is a trip to Cape Towns Groote Schuur hospital for tests with the hopes of Peter being put onto the transplant list. I am sure there may even be another swim in between too. Visit Peters fundraising page to read more about his story.
Well done Peter on an outstanding achievement! Until the next swim…
Thumbs up for you and Peter!
It was very special to be part of the day Angie. Hope you have been keeping well. 🙂 xo
Thank you for posting this amazing story and beautiful photographs. Such determination gives us all hope. We are trusting with you!!
Thanks so much Elmien. Love and hugs to you all. ❤
Great post. Great photos. Glad to see you!
Thanks so much Mimi. Yes, it has been an age since I last did a post. Trust you are keeping well. 🙂 xo
I’m good! Extreme heat now – summer is not my favorite season except for what the garden offers up. I think I need a house in both hemispheres!
Aah yes, a home in both hemispheres sounds like a fabulous plan. 😉
Thank you for all the amazing pics and support Mandy xxx
Any time Peter, it’s a pleasure. 🙂 xo
wow, what an amazing achievement 🙂
Absolutely! Have a super weekend. 🙂 xo
What a great achievement…congratulations to Peter. I hope he gets the transplant that he needs. Both my husband and I have signed forms to be transplant donors upon our death.
It is truly a remarkable achievement. Today marks the start of Peters tests. Pete and I are also registered organ donors. Have a wonderful day Karen. 🙂 xo
He is a HERO))))!!!
And so are you for being part of this AWESOME cause, Mandy!
Only hero is Peter. Was so lovely chatting earlier. Have a beautiful week friend. xoxo