Casey Umbers will run 10km to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease research.
Casey Umbers will run 10km to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease research. Karen Harper

Casey runs for a cause

LOSING a loved one is hard at the best of times.

To lose them to an insidious disease like Motor Neurone is particularly harrowing.

Casey Umbers lost her dad last October after the 50-year-old's four year battle.

She will run 10km in the Gold Coast Marathon to raise funds for research into the disease.

"I want to do my bit to help stop others from going through the same ordeal," Ms Umbers said.

The 19-year-old Bachelor of Business student at Griffith University has been training for the event.

With a few boot camps behind her and participation in the 2009 Kokoda Challenge, she feels she is ready to take the plunge.

"I'll be wearing a T-shirt from the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Queensland," she said.

"I'm not competing to win.

"I'm doing this purely for the fundraising aspect."

Ms Umbers' run will be part of the Gold Coast marathon events on June 30 at Surfers Paradise.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) often begins with weakness of the muscles of the hands or feet.

Motor neurones are nerve cells that control the voluntary muscles of the trunk, limbs, speech, swallowing and breathing.

Damage to these nerves causes muscle weakness and wasting.

This leads to gradual paralysis, loss of speech, difficulty swallowing and eventual death from respiratory (breathing) failure.

Ms Umbers' father, Ian Umbers worked as bar supervisor at South Tweed Sports Club for 20 years and she was raised at Banora Point.

Donations can be made to this everyday heroes account.



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