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Firefighter's stair climb in memory of mum
Everyone knows climbing long flights of stairs is challenging, and it’s so much tougher when you throw structural turnout gear and breathing apparatus into the mix.
That isn’t deterring Diamond Creek Fire Brigade’s Fiona Macken from taking part in this year’s firefighter stair climb competitions. Fiona is doing both the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb on 3 September and the emergency services division of the Eureka Tower Climb on 13 November. Fiona won the women’s competitions in both these events last year.
Fiona is, however, entering a third stair climb competition this year: The Firefighters Climb for MND. This competition is on 23 October and is raising funds for motor neurone disease research. This event is even more challenging than the 88 floors of Melbourne’s Eureka Tower – firefighters have to scale the 98 floors of the Sydney Tower Eye in full firefighting kit.
This event is very close to Fiona’s heart, as she’s climbing in memory of her mum, Val, who died of MND last year. Fiona describes MND as “an incredibly cruel disease, one which leaves the sufferer with an average life expectancy of two to five years, no effective treatment and no cure.
“Mum woke up one morning with slightly slurred speech and just 20 months later she passed away. Those with MND can only watch as their physical capacity declines and their body slowly dies, all the while maintaining their mental capacity.”
Much is not known about the biology of the disease and more research is needed to find a cure – and that takes money. Fiona is looking for donations and every cent raised will go directly to funding MND research. This will take science one step closer to understanding MND and one day developing a cure.
Fiona would be very grateful for any donation you can make. To sponsor Fiona’s stair climb for MND, click here.