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Taking Mya’s fight to the top

BEST FOOT FORWARD: Dennis Scanlon, of Tyalgum, is looking for sponsors for his Mount Warning climb.
BEST FOOT FORWARD: Dennis Scanlon, of Tyalgum, is looking for sponsors for his Mount Warning climb. Ken Wilcock

THE heartbreaking struggle of Nunderi teen Mya Hurst, shared with Tweed Daily News readers last Saturday, has resonated with Tyalugm poet Dennis Scanlan.

The 72-year-old wants to help the Hurst family financially, while Mya struggles with the daily pain of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type 3, a rare and incurable condition that hampers the production of collagen.

Next Friday, weather permitting, the former livestock marketer will climb Mount Warning with his granddaughter Dezley Collins, 23, from Beaudesert.

“We are quite devastated at what has overtaken this fine family. If we can help raise a few dollars to help them through this time of pain and suffering it would be a great result for a very worthy cause,” he said.

Mr Scanlan has asked residents to sponsor his climb, at half a cent per metre.

“It’s 8800 metres up and back, so if a person wants to sponsor my climb it is a $44 donation,” he said.

Businesses can sponsor the climb for five cents a metre, or $440.

Kelly Hurst, Mya’s mother, has welcomed the offer. Tweed council has also appointed a case worker to assist Mya with applications to government and non-government agencies.

Donate at https://www.mycause. com.au/ page/84729/ fundraiser-for-mya- lilly-hurst



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