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Walking to ‘D’feet’ disease

Tuesday, 27th September, 2011

FAMILY WALK: Chris Jeffery and family will be taking part in ‘Walk to D’Feet Motor Neuron Disease’ fundraiser next month. (Front): Alyssia Cadd, 8, Nicholas Dart, 6, Indyanna Kooyman, 3, Cambell Cadd, 3. (Back): Kandie Dart, Emmeson Cadd, 2, Clint Cadd, Christy-Lee Kooyman, Chris Jeffery and Debbie Dart. FAMILY WALK: Chris Jeffery and family will be taking part in ‘Walk to D’Feet Motor Neuron Disease’ fundraiser next month. (Front): Alyssia Cadd, 8, Nicholas Dart, 6, Indyanna Kooyman, 3, Cambell Cadd, 3. (Back): Kandie Dart, Emmeson Cadd, 2, Clint Cadd, Christy-Lee Kooyman, Chris Jeffery and Debbie Dart.

By Erica Visser

 Chris Jeffery and daughter Debbie Dart have a special reason for asking locals to support their fundraiser, ‘Walk to D’Feet Motor Neuron Disease’ next month.

Chris lost her daughter, Sue Cadd, and Debbie her sister to Motor Neuron Disease (MND) five years ago.

MND is a terminal condition in which the nerve cells that control the muscles cannot function normally and sufferers progressively lose the use of their limbs and the ability to speak and breath, although the brain is unaffected. 

The average life expectancy upon diagnosis is just over two years. 

The walk on October 29 will raise money for research into finding a cure. 

Ms Dart urged locals to help the cause by either taking part in the walk or sponsoring someone who has registered. 

She said that MND did not get the level of publicity that it should and that many locals had been affected by the disease.

“There’s actually quite a few people in Broken Hill who have died from it,” Ms Dart said. 

“As we know, Pro Hart also died from this disease and it’s also close to many other people’s hearts.” 

People may register for the walk at James Butchers, the Democratic Club or online via www.mndasa.com.au for $25 which includes a t-shirt.

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