Monday, 8 May 2017
Hundreds take steps to d-feet terminal disease
Jill Pengelley – Adelaide Advertiser
WALKING because they can, more than 900 participants completed a fundraising journey along the West Beach foreshore yesterday to support people affected by motor neurone disease.
The terminal condition, affecting movement, speech, swallowing and breathing, kills two Australians a day and two more are diagnosed. Teacher Sarah Frydrych walked with friends in support of former colleague Helen Clark, who was diagnosed in 2015 and could not take part.
MND SA ambassador Brad Ebert lost his maternal grandmother to the disease. “She was a young grandmother, very vibrant and loving life, and it struck,” he said. “Nanna went from being that energetic person, to loss of movement, loss of freedom. It lasted just under three years.” The star Port Adelaide AFL player said MND SA provided information, support and equipment for his grandmother, Lorraine Obst, who died last April, aged 72.
Walk to D-Feet MND was opened this year by Dignity Party MLC, KellyVincent. MND SA’s main fundraiser, it raised $60,000 last year.