Fundraiser sparks in­ter­est in con­di­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A Tom Price res­i­dent liv­ing with Lynch syn­drome says the suc­cess of her re­cent fundraiser has mo­ti­vated her to con­tinue spread­ing the word about the lit­tle-known con­di­tion.

It is be­lieved Lauren McDon­ald held the first of­fi­cial fundraiser in WA for the con­di­tion, an in­her­ited ge­netic mu­ta­tion which makes peo­ple sus­cep­ti­ble to de­vel­op­ing can­cers at a young age, with a head shave in town on March 22.

She was di­ag­nosed at age 28 af­ter de­vel­op­ing colon cancer and is now work­ing to pro­mote knowl­edge of Lynch syn­drome, which is be­lieved to af­fect about 90,000 or 1 in 280 Aus­tralians.

Mrs McDon­ald said her fundraiser had sparked in­ter­est from a lot of Tom Price res­i­dents and even health pro­fes­sion­als, who had asked her for more in­for­ma­tion about the con­di­tion.

“A lot of peo­ple said they’d never heard of it be­fore,” she said.

Visit Life With Lynch page on Face­book for de­tails.

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