RAISING funds to save a young boy's leg will require a marathon effort by Ipswich mum Krystal Maeyke.
The 29-year-old is lacing up her running shoes to run farther than she ever has before - 40km from Brisbane to Ipswich.
For a seasoned long-distance runner, the challenge might seem like a cinch but it's certainly no walk in the park for Ms Maeyke.
The hairdresser from Mwah Hair Designers has yet to attempt such a lengthy trek.
"I've run in events like the Bridge to Brisbane which is 10km," she said.
"Once I crossed the finish line, I thought to myself 'I could probably do that another three more times'."
For the past several months, the Rosewood runner has been training six days a week in preparation for the event."
Her efforts are driven by a desire to help a 20-month-old boy who is in desperate need of financial aid.
Leichhardt toddler Khye Freeck was born with a birth defect where integral bone structures were missing from his right leg.
As a result, Khye is unable to walk.
Doctors in Australia said amputation was the young boy's best option but fortunately his family found hope overseas.
His parents, Angela Degn and Matt Freeck, discovered a US-based specialist offering leg lengthening surgery with promising results.
Unfortunately, the procedure doesn't come cheap and is likely to cost about $200,000.
"Khye's mum is my son's day care teacher," Ms Maeyke said. "When I found out about Khye's unfortunate situation I wanted to do something to help.
"As a mother I know that that I - like Khye's parents - would do everything in my power to save my child's leg and help him live a normal childhood.
"I honestly hope the rest of the community gets behind this cause because it will make such a difference to Khye's life."
Ms Maeyke's 40km run is sponsored by the Lions Club of Rosewood and will take place on November 30 at sunrise.
If you would like to join the fight to save Khye's foot visit, gofundme.com/emjszs.
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