EVER since former Wasleys resident Terry Lee was seriously injured in the 2015 Pinery fire, he has continued to surprise those around him with his positive attitude and ability to overcome the most difficult of hurdles.
Mr Lee has spent much of the past 18 months receiving treatment for burns sustained to 75 per cent of his body while fleeing the fateful Pinery fire, but today he and wife Moira, along with cousin Lorraine Mansell, of Fulham, are looking forward to taking part in Sunday’s City to Bay fundraising event.
They will be walking six kilometres to raise money for the Julian Burton Burns Trust, demonstrating just how far they have come, and as a way to give back to those who have helped them.
Mrs Lee, now of Warradale, said they frequently go on long walks to the beach and are confident in completing the walk for charity.
Prior to the Pinery fires, both Moira and Terry lived active lifestyles, with Mr Lee an avid runner during his 20 years in the army, and having completed Sydney’s 14km City2Surf fun run, and Adelaide’s own City to Bay 12km run, proudly, in under an hour.
“It will be good to get out and have a bit of a walk; we will just take it at our own pace, and are looking forward to it,” Mrs Lee said.
“The burns trust has been absolutely wonderful to us – at the very start, when I was going to the hospital everyday, they supplied parking vouchers so I didn’t have to worry about paying for parking.
“We go to the burns survivor forum they, usually, put on every couple of years and meet with other survivors and talk, and they are a really great group.”
Mrs Lee said, while Terry’s treatment remains ongoing, their life is beginning to have some normality again.
“It’s not all positive, obviously, but life is starting to even out a bit and we are making the most of it,” she said.
“Sometimes life can be tough for him still, but he gets on top of it, has a great attitude and is very positive.”
Donations to Terry, Moira and Lorraine’s team can be made online at citybay2017.everydayhero.com/au/lorraine