Nick Gray will run the 42 WUU2k Trail Marathon to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Association New Zealand
- $335.00 donated
- 8 generous donors
My best friend passed away from muscular dystrophy and I am determined to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy NZ to support others.
I have had same best friend since we were 2 year olds growing up in Wainuiomata. Ricky Groenewegen enjoyed the same activities.
We used to hang out together go on bush walks, holidays, I even lived at his house at one stage.
When Rick turned five his grandparents ( that adopted him) noticed he was walking differently which led to his diagnosis of MD (muscular dystrophy).
As his condition progressed and he went into a manual wheelchair and then into a powerchair. While I was staying at his house I used to take care of him. He needed help turning over in bed at night and other simple task like picking things up or making himself a cup of tea. Anyway, the disease ended up taking him.
Rick was my best friend and still is even though he is now on the other side and has been for 25 years. Our friendship has made me a stronger, more focused and caring person. I don't take for granted the fact I can walk, and now take advantage of every muscle in my body, respecting each day I live and taking it like my last.
I am doing the 42k marathon to raise as much money as possible for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and people with disabilities, to make their lives better.
I am now running over 40KS a week, and am ready to smash this race!
I have also gone vegetarian for 5 days so far and think i will stay like this as it makes me a better racer.
All funds raised will be going directly to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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We are a member-led non profit supporting kiwi families with neuromuscular conditions for almost 60 years. We provide specialised information on these conditions, an outreach Fieldworker service, promotion and education, workshops and counselling, advocacy, lobbying, help with equipment provision and quarterly publication of In Touch magazine. We undertake research and provide grants funding to support local research into neuromuscular conditions.
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