DOING IT FOR MUM: Jessica Gilbert and sister and Kate Fulwood with their mum Kathy Bushnell.
DOING IT FOR MUM: Jessica Gilbert and sister and Kate Fulwood with their mum Kathy Bushnell. Contributed

Sisters run for worthy cause

FOR many people, running a marathon is a personal challenge to tackle, but for Chinchilla sisters Jessica Gilbert and Katie Fulwood, it's an important cause close to their hearts.

Ms Gilbert and Ms Fulwood will run the 2018 Melbourne Half Marathon later this month to raise money for "Fight MND”, an organisation that aims to raise awareness and fund research into finding a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

Ms Gilbert said the cause is a personal one, as the sisters' mother Kathy Bushnell passed away from the disease in 2016.

"My mother was diagnosed with this horrible disease in September 2015 and passed away October 2016,” she said.

"Since then, I have heard of so many others in our local community and surrounds that have lost their lives or are also fighting this very same disease.

"MND is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells - neurons - controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow; undergo degeneration and die.

"There is currently no real understanding of what causes the disease and hence no cure at all. I am hoping to raise awareness and funds to assist those currently fighting the disease and also to hopefully one day soon find a cure.”

They have raised so far more than $5000, more than their original goal of $1500.

"My goal was originally $1500 but hit that mark rather quickly, so I put it up to $5000. Thanks to the amazing support of many friends and other community members, I have now hit $5220.”


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