THE HAM RUN, A FAM­ILY AF­FAIR

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At first glance, one may not see any­thing par­tic­u­larly spe­cial about this pic­ture – a grand­fa­ther en­joy­ing some qual­ity time with his beloved grand­son. But this story has a lit­tle twist. Mark Min­gay, long-time Toowoomba res­i­dent and former Grif­fith, NSW, pig farmer, is pre­par­ing to do some se­ri­ous driv­ing all over South­east Queens­land this December, and a huge part of the rea­son lies with his lit­tle two-year-old mate, Hugh.

Hugh Jensen is one of 467 peo­ple in the world who has been di­ag­nosed with a mi­crodele­tion of the sixth chro­mo­some.

An ex­tremely rare gene dis­or­der which, in their search for an­swers, sent his des­per­ate par­ents to the brink of san­ity.

Grate­fully, thanks to the amaz­ing work of the Chil­dren’s Med­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute, the Jensens were able to fi­nally get some an­swers.

These an­swers un­locked an en­tire world of pos­si­bil­ity for Hugh, and many of the un­knowns in his fu­ture be­came man­age­able and ex­cit­ing in­stead of scary for him and his fam­ily.

Luke and Michelle Jensen, the young new Toowoomba busi­ness own­ers of Westridge and The Ridge Meats, feel in­debted to the in­sti­tute and are de­ter­mined to give back.

“With­out this re­search, we would have con­tin­ued walking around in the dark, blam­ing our­selves and not be­ing able to get help for our lit­tle boy,” Michelle says.

“We would like to help to make sure that other par­ents do not have to en­dure the same hellish or­deal that Luke and I went through, and we be­lieve that fund­ing more re­search and aware­ness will help to­wards achiev­ing this.”

Westridge Meats has been twice awarded the highly ac­claimed ti­tle of Aus­tralia’s Best Ham.

This Christ­mas, they plan to sell and de­liver their award-win­ning hams all over South­east Queens­land.

“Five dol­lars from ev­ery ham sold this Christ­mas goes to Jeans for Genes, which is the main char­ity ini­tia­tive that funds the Chil­dren’s Med­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute,” Michelle says.

Michelle’s fa­ther Mark Min­gay is pleased to be do­ing the de­liv­er­ing, and looks for­ward to hit­ting the road with his fes­tive cargo.

“Christ­mas is such a spe­cial time for fam­i­lies to come to­gether,” Mark says.

“So many of the best me­mories are made around the din­ner ta­ble, and I’m pleased to be able to de­liver the most im­por­tant part of the meal, the ham.”

To help raise money for the Jeans for Genes ini­tia­tive, you can or­der your ham via the web­site the­ham­run.com.au, or or­der in-store at Westridge and The Ridge Meats.

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