Hi everybody I am running the Half-Marathon at the Sydney Running Festival, and have decided to take this opportunity to try and raise some funds to support research for Motor Neurone Disease. A dear friend of mine has recently lost someone incredibly important to her because of this terrible disease, and they are just one family of many in Australia that are being impacted. - MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease - MND can strike anyone - There is no known cure and no effective treatment for MND - Each day in Australia two people die from MND - Each day in Australia two people are diagnosed with MND People with MND progressively lose the use of their limbs and ability to speak, swallow and breathe, whilst their mind and senses usually remain intact - Average life expectancy is 2.5 years* - More than 2,000 people have MND in Australia of whom 60% are male and 40% are female* - Mean time from onset to confirmation of diagnosis is 10 to 18 months* - Prevalence of MND in 2015 was 8.7 per 100,000 people or 1 per 11,434 Australians* - Approximately 58% of people with MND are under the age of 65* - The total cost of MND in Australia was $2.37 billion in 2015. This equates to $1.1 million per person* - For every person diagnosed with MND it is estimated that a further 14 members of their family and their friends will live with the effect of MND forever I am trying to fundraise $500 to help FightMND in their campaign. All funds raised go to the best and brightest researchers to find an effective treatment and ultimately a cure for MND. Every dollar counts. It only takes a minute and any money you can give (no matter how large or small) will go a long way to helping me reach my target. Thank you, I really appreciate your support. Rachel.