Local health professionals participate in Wainwright's Coast2Coast MS Walk

Local health professionals participate in Wainwrights Coast2Coast MS Walk

Three local health professionals in the NSML region are going the extra mile for their patients more than 180 extra miles, to be accurate. Wainwrights Coast2Coast MS Walk is a challenging 303km walk across Britain over 12 days starting on Saturday 30 August 2014.

From St Bees on the west coast it traverses three national parks the majestic Lake District, the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and the expansive North York Moors before finishing on the east coast at Robin Hoods Bay.

Elizabeth Melchior (Practice Nurse, Pennant Hills Medical Centre), Colleen Kerr (Director and Speech Pathologist, Optimal Speech Pathology, Pennant Hills) and Kristine Mackey (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Physioeffect, Epping) share a common goal to each raise more than $10,000 towards a cure for MS. They will join 14 other Australians making the epic journey to the UK at their own expense later this year.

MS is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS cannot be predicted. Over 23,000 Australians have MS and the average age of diagnosis is 30 years old. MS affects three times as many women as men. The symptoms of MS are different for each person. Sometimes they even vary within the same person. For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern. For everyone it makes life unpredictable.

Kris, Liz and Colleen would like to help researchers work towards better treatments and ultimately a cure for MS. They would love to hear from individuals or health organisations who might be interested in sponsoring their efforts.

For more information on their cause, or if you would like to help them Kiss Goodbye to MS, please follow the links below.



Local health professionals participate in Wainwrights Coast2Coast MS Walk