Janet to walk for good cause

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By TOYAH SHAKE­SPEARE

JANET Udinga will join about 1000 walk­ers when they brave a 35km trek to raise funds and aware­ness for the de­bil­i­tat­ing mi­to­chon­drial dis­ease.

The Bloody Long Walk will take place on Septem­ber 25 from Sir James Mitchell Park to Cottes­loe Beach to raise funds for the Aus­tralian Mi­to­chon­drial Dis­ease Foun­da­tion.

Mi­to­chon­drial dis­ease or “mito” is a de­bil­i­tat­ing, po­ten­tial fa­tal ge­netic dis­or­der that robs the body's cells of the en­ergy they need to func­tion prop­erly.

Peo­ple with mito are af­fected dif­fer­ently and can lose their sight, hear­ing, be un­able to walk, eat or talk nor­mally, have strokes or seizures, de­velop di­a­betes or heart, liver, res­pi­ra­tory or di­ges­tive prob­lems.

Ms Udinga, a spe­cial needs ed­u­ca­tion as­sis­tant at Hamp­ton Se­nior High School, will join team Noah and Fil's Mito Army – the event's cur­rent high­est fundrais­ers at $7543.

She said she be­came in­volved in the team through her sis­ter, whose friend's son Noah has mi­to­chon­drial dis­ease.

“Rais­ing aware­ness for it is a re­ally good thing,” she said.

“Her son's in a wheel­chair and he needs to use a com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vice – they've got a lot of strug­gles they face.”

Ms Udinga said her sis­ter and 17-year-old daugh­ter had also joined the team that aims to raise $10,000.

To reg­is­ter to walk go to www.blood­y­long walk.com.au.

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Janet Udinga will take part in The Bloody Long Walk.

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