For Paramedic Emma Shawyer, running the New York Marathon with Team Fortem is giving her the opportunity to set a goal she can work towards, while staying active.
"I was always a sporty person growing up, playing a lot of team sports, but when you start shift work you realise you don't fit into any teams and you have that gap in your life." said Emma.
"I started tinkering with a bit of running and trail running, and it really kicked off for me when my kids were born."
"Both were very traumatic births. At first, we didn't know if my daughter was going to survive and then with my son's birth, they didn't know if I was going to survive."