Phys­ios give char­ity a run for the money

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

FIVE lo­cal phys­io­ther­a­pists and their team mem­bers will make their way to Rot­tnest Is­land later this month as they par­tic­i­pate in the Rot­tnest Fun Run.

The group will run to raise aware­ness for mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy af­ter be­ing inspired by Town of Vic­to­ria Park coun­cil­lor Claire An­der­son who has fa­cioscapu­lo­humeral mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy (FSHD).

Phys­io­ther­a­pist Emily Hunt said she was inspired by some of her spe­cial clients, in­clud­ing Ms An­der­son.

“They work hard to live their lives to the full even with this de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion. If I can help in any way to make their lives eas­ier or sup­port re­search for mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy then I will,” she said.

Ms An­der­son was di­ag­nosed with FSHD when she was 14.

It is a ge­netic mus­cle dis­or­der in which the mus­cles of the face, shoul­der blades and up­per arms are among the most se­verely af­fected.

The term mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy means slowly pro­gres­sive mus­cle de­gen­er­a­tion.

The team aims to raise more than $1000, which will con­trib­ute to sup­port­ing peo­ple liv­ing with the con­di­tion through Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy WA’s pro­vi­sion of ser­vices, pro­grams and fund­ing re­search.

www.ev­ery­day­hero.com. au/event/RUNFSWC.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d444765

Aleece Ed­munds, Lara Diepeveen, Matt Thom­son, Claire An­der­son, Emily Hunt and Ele­sha McFar­lane.

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