A group of Cooma locals has helped raise more than $3,500 for motor neurone disease (MND) research when they took part in the Sun-Herald's City2Surf fun run on Sunday.
A close friend and family member was diagnosed with MND last year, inspiring Jodie Swain to raise much needed funds for this reasonably low profile disease.
Motor neurone disease is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable us to move around, speak, swallow and breathe, fail to work normally. With no nerve cells to activate them the muscles gradually weaken and waste.
Together with Cherilyn McGrath, Laine Swain, Amelia Swain, Riah Swain and Pat Swain, Jodie's team has so far raised $3,670.
The funds will go towards advance research and raising awareness for the MND Association who provide support to patients, their families and carers dealing with this disease which has no cure.
The team would like to thank everyone who has supported them and donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Their support and generosity is very much appreciated and means so much to all the team who are very passionate about raising these funds.
A gift basket full of goodies has been put together as a token of appreciation for one lucky person who has donated to the cause and this will be drawn at the closure of the fundraising website on September 9.
If you would like to donate or see some photos from our City to Surf weekend head to https://city2surf2013.everydayhero.com/au/jodie-1
If you would like to make a cash donation, call in and see Jodie Swain at Mark Kenmir & Co. Further information about Motor Neurone Disease can be found online at www.mndaust.asn.au