In October 2010 I was returning from a party when both my car and phone broke down, so I had to walk home. It wasn’t a long walk, but a bit hilly so next day when my leg hurt I didn’t think too much about it. Over the next few months my toe started to turn in and I had to physically lift up my foot to move it but nothing showed up on the CAT scan. After falling over at the local shopping centre (much to the amusement of my beautiful grandson Bailey who was just a toddler at the time) I bought an off-the-shelf leg brace which helped so I then had one custom made. Then my left foot started to drop so I bought a brace for that one too and as I’d gotten a bit wobbly I also bought a walking stick!
Eventually as I experienced more loss of control and after other tests, the neurologist diagnosed me with MND. At first I was angry and devastated. I kept asking “why me, I’m too young, what am I going to miss out on kids wise”? Since then I've been determined to make sure that I do as much as I can while it's still possible and this is made easier thanks to MND Victoria.
I can’t even start to tell you what MND Victoria has done to enable me to remain in control of my life. I’ve had a walking frame, shower seat, manual wheelchair, two different motorised recliners, standard power wheelchair, tilt-in-space power wheelchair, hoists – anything and everything to help me.
Sadly I'm just one of the 440 Victorian’s who rely on MND Victoria every year for support to help us travel the MND journey. That’s why I'm asking you to give generously to their annual tax appeal.
How can I help?
You can make a difference to the lives of people like Donna and her family by making a donation. Your $50 may be used to buy a bed stick, $100 could purchase a shower stool, $500 could purchase a ramp. Or we might bundle your gift with others so that we can purchase another manual wheelchair at $1,100 or an electric riser chair at $2,200 or even a tilt-in-space power wheelchair at $15,000. All equipment is loaned to people with MND at no cost to them and it has a very positive impact on their quality of life.
If you want to do even more, you can create your own fundraising event
Many people with family or friends diagnosed with MND feel they want to "do something" to help raise awareness and funds. An easy way to do this is to create a personalised an online Fundraising Page for any organised challenge event - run, ride or swim. Or perhaps you have a birthday or anniversary celebration coming up and you don't need any more "stuff" - you could ask your guests to make a donation instead of a gift. If you're feeling very fit and enthusiastic, you could start your own personal challenge - Mt Fuji anyone?