Lyn’s vision for a cure

Lyn riding

Lyn Lepore doesn’t let anything stop her from doing what she loves. 

The Ballajura resident, who has had a successful sporting career as a tandem cyclist, was born with inherited retinal disease. 

So determined was Lyn to achieve her dreams, she even represented Australia in the sport between 1994 and 2004, winning her first gold at the 1994 World Cycling Championships.

Six years later she broke two world records and won the trifecta at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, with gold, silver and bronze hanging proudly around her neck.

“People who are blind or vision impaired can still do whatever they want, we just do it a bit differently,” says Lyn.

Despite her triumphs, the 56-year-old has also faced her fair share of challenges in life.  

In 1997, Lyn and her sisters, Adriana and Caterina, were all diagnosed with kidney disease (chronic nephritis).

Lyn would later start to feel the effects of kidney failure and become a candidate for a liver transplant.

Thankfully, in December 2016 her nephew Adam donated a liver to Lyn, while Adriana and Caterina also received lifesaving transplants from their other sisters, Anna and Elsa. 

Lyn at the 2017 HBF Run, six months after her transplant

Lyn and her friend at the 2017 HBF Run for a Reason

Not one to let a diagnosis stand in her way, Lyn completed the 2017 HBF Run for a Reason just six months after her transplant surgery; she is proof that no one should let their challenges get in the way of doing what they love.

“If I can encourage and motivate others to get out there and be as active as they can and follow their passions, that will make me happy,” says Lyn.

This year, Lyn is tackling the HBF Run once again, walking 12km to raise money for Retina Australia WA with one single reason in mind. 

“Our goal is simple,” says Lyn. “To cure inherited retinal disease.”