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The 39-year-old chose to support the organisation after her mum, Amy, was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
On Sunday, the charity had 131 runners taking part in the 26 mile epic run.
Katie was forced to pull up – and let go of her incredible lung costume – after six miles when she suffered a knee injury.
Now the charity’s director of fundraising Jason Cater has praised the mum-of-five for efforts on the day.
He told The Sun Online: “This year we had 131 runners in Team Breathe for the London Marathon, and we’re so proud of their incredible efforts. It was an emotional day as many people were running in memory of a loved one lost too soon to lung disease.
“Most years we have members of Team Breathe who pull out of the marathon for various personal reasons, and they are always gutted that they can’t cross the finish line.
“We know they’re passionate about the British Lung Foundation and we value their ongoing support.
“The British Lung Foundation is leading the Taskforce for Lung Health, a committee of 25 influential organisations with the aim to prevent more people from developing lung disease and transform the care for people living with lung disease.
“It’s thanks to the fantastic fundraising efforts and awareness raising of people like Katie and all of our Team Breathe members that we’re able to continue or vital work researching new treatments, raising awareness of lung health and supporting people living with lung disease across the UK.”
Since her mum was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Katie has been working hard with the British Lung Foundation to raise money and awareness.
Before taking part in the marathon, Amy opened up to us about how she was feeling ahead of Katie's big run.
She explained: “I am so proud of Katie. The last few months have been a rollercoaster ride for my family.
“The main thing is that we raise awareness of what is a much-neglected health area, so the people with the power to do something take notice and act.
“I have a terminal lung condition that took far too long to be diagnosed.
“A national plan for lung disease will help patients get the right diagnosis and early access to the right treatment and care. Everyone who runs the London Marathon does it for their own personal reasons and the journey they’ve been on.
“It means something to everyone.
“And for Kate it’s about me.”
After Katie was forced to pull out, Amy told her Twitter followers how proud she was of her daughter and all she’d achieved on the day.
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