Chal­leng­ing ride with big pay off

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - Danielle Ford [email protected]­

HER mis­sion was to prove you can do any­thing you set your mind to – and Laura Descy did just that last week­end.

The 32-year-old was di­ag­nosed with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis (MS) two years ago and while it made ex­er­cise harder, she re­fused to let it stop her.

“I’ve al­ways been ac­tive and even though MS makes it dif­fi­cult to ex­er­cise it isn’t im­pos­si­ble,” she said.

To prove this, she re­cently rode 105km on a tan­dem bike from Warana to Gympie to raise aware­ness and funds for MS.

“It was tough, re­ally tough and it took it out of me quite a bit,” Ms Descy said.

“I’ve never re­ally put my body through any­thing like that since I was di­ag­nosed with MS.

“Pretty much once I got past Ma­roochy­dore I stopped feel­ing my legs and af­ter that I had to be lifted of the bike and car­ried.”

De­spite this she said it was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and she was proud of her ef­fort, hav­ing raised more than $1500.

“I was out of ac­tion for a cou­ple of days af­ter­wards, but it was still so worth it, and I’d do it again,” she said.

“A cou­ple of the guys who came with me want to make it an an­nual thing and I’m al­ready think­ing about the next chal­lenge I can do.”


TOUGH RIDE: Laura be­ing lifted off the bike by fel­low riders.

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