New book to mark as­so­ci­a­tion’s 50th


Wanneroo Times - - News -

GIRRAWHEEN res­i­dent Dorothy Howard has writ­ten her third book to raise money for Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy WA.

Mrs Howard, who has had per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with the ge­netic dis­ease, has sup­ported the char­ity since it started in the late 1960s.

Her three brothers died from Duchenne mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy at young ages and she also lost her nephew and two grand­sons to the con­di­tion.

She has been script­ing po­ems and verses and in recognition of her fam­ily since child­hood and launched her third po­etry book, Ce­les­tial Verses through Heaven’s Gate, on June 1.

To mark Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy WA’s 50th an­niver­sary year, Mrs Howards will do­nate 80 per cent of her book proceeds to the or­gan­i­sa­tion, and the re­main­ing 20 per cent to Telethon, which is also cel­e­brat­ing 50 years in 2017.

Mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy is a ge­netic neu­ro­mus­cu­lar con­di­tion that af­fects more than 20,000 Aus­tralians and has no cure.

With more than 35 types of mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy iden­ti­fied, the sever­ity and de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of mus­cle strength and func­tion varies, mak­ing treat­ment dif­fi­cult.

“Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy WA be­lieves no one should be de­fined by their con­di­tion,” chief ex­ec­u­tive Hay­ley Leth­lean said.

“Thanks to the many sup­port­ers like Dorothy through­out our 50-year his­tory, we con­tinue to serve the mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy com­mu­nity, en­abling in­di­vid­u­als to do the things they strive to achieve.

“To­gether, we ap­proach chal­lenges to cre­ate solutions that em­power full lives.”

Dorothy will be sell­ing her book of po­ems for $12 at north­ern suburbs shop­ping cen­tres.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Girrawheen res­i­dent Dorothy Howard, who has lost sev­eral rel­a­tives to mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy, with her book of po­etry.­mu­ni­ d470036

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