‘Crazy’ East Devon woman to take on Inca Trail despite lung disease
PUBLISHED: 12:47 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:47 24 October 2018
After losing too many friends and family to terminal illnesses Dee’s taking on the Inca Trail so people can have the end of life care ‘everyone deserves’.
A ‘crazy’ Exmouth woman living with lung disease and terrified of heights is facing her fears by scaling mountains to raise money for charity.
Dee Dowie, 58, is heading to Peru in May next year to take on the Inca Trail to raise money for Marie Curie.
Recently divorced Dee is looking for something to focus on while also honouring the memory of friends lost to cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
“I am just a crazy woman who took up running three years ago, I never thought it would escalate to the level it has,” said Dee.
“I have made so many wonderful lifelong friends along the way. I have run countless half marathons, a full marathon and an ultra-marathon.
“This will see me go way out of my comfort zone; I am terrified of heights so going up mountains terrifies me, coming down scares the living daylights out of me.”
The trek takes places on a rarely used Inca highway taking trekkers through some of the most stunning scenery in South America.
Dee’s adventure starts in the Urubamba Valley and follows the ancient Inca trail past snow capped mountains and glacial peaks before finishing at the lost city of Machu Picchu.
Dee’s challenge is made all the more impressive by the fact she has mild Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease characterised by increasing breathlessness.
She hopes that by taking on the challenge she can help people with terminal illnesses receive the care ‘everyone deserves’, she said: “I have been there, I watched my dearest friend Cynthia deteriorate before my eyes and I held her hand while she passed away. My dear friend Sheila lost her husband recently, through cancer and another very dear friend has been battling now for the past few years. My grandmother and my aunt also had to have end of life care.
“Unfortunately, while end of life care should be readily available, it is not and what Marie Curie does is wonderful.”
If you have been inspired by Dee’s story and would like to find out more or would like to donate visit https://bit.ly/2NWrmnv.