Spe­cial ride raises aware­ness for MND

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - RE­PORTER NEWS -

MEM­BERS of the South West Har­ley Own­ers Group revved up their high-pow­ered ma­chines on Sun­day to raise aware­ness of mo­tor neu­ron dis­ease dur­ing Na­tional MND Week.

Group ac­tiv­i­ties of­fi­cer and Har­vey res­i­dent Yvonne Chap­man came up with the idea af­ter her best friend, Bev Bond, was di­ag­nosed with the de­bil­i­tat­ing ill­ness just a cou­ple of months ago.

The Har­vey res­i­dent had no­ticed in early De­cem­ber that she was los­ing strength in her right hand.

A se­ries of falls in the fol­low­ing weeks led her to an ap­point­ment with a neu­rol­o­gist who con­firmed the di­ag­no­sis of mo­tor neu­ron dis­ease.

Since then, Ms Bond’s speech be­came af­fected and she has to rely on a wheel chair.

She has al­ways en­joyed rid­ing on the back of a mo­tor­cy­cle as a pil­lion rider and was touched by her friend’s sup­port.

Ms Chap­man said “Bev’s Ride” was one way to make peo­ple more aware of the lit­tle-known, ag­gres- sive dis­ease for which there is no cure.

“I have nursed peo­ple with mo­tor neu­ron dis­ease be­fore but have never seen how it pro­gresses with such fright­en­ing speed and how deeply it af­fects peo­ple in their every­day life,” she said.

“Our round trip from Har­vey to Quin­dan­ning and re­turn aimed to make peo­ple more aware of the de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion and we hope to make it an of­fi­cial fundrais­ing event through the Mo­tor Neu­ron Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion next year.”

Pic­ture: Han­nelore Hep­burn

Mo­tor neu­ron dis­ease suf­ferer Bev Bond was touched South West Har­ley-David­son shop man­ager Paul Hosk­ing and South West Har­ley Own­ers Group ac­tiv­i­ties of­fi­cer Yvonne Chap­man were among a group to raise aware­ness of the ill­ness.

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