The Bloody Long Walk - Newcastle
- Sun Oct 07 2018
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On Sunday 7 October people from around Newcastle are expected to put on their sneakers to participate in The Bloody Long Walk, the national fundraising series of the Mito Foundation.
Participants will enjoy spectacular scenery whilst walking or running the 35km routes. The Newcastle event will walk from Belmont to Newcastle Beach.
The participants will raise vital funds to cure mitochondrial disease (‘mito’); a debilitating, potentially fatal genetic disorder that robs the body’s cells of the energy they need to function properly. The ability to walk, run or even just stand up unaided can be a daily struggle for people with mitochondrial disease, which has few treatments and no cure.
What is mitochondrial disease and how many people are affected?
More than 1 in 200 Australians – at least 120,000 people – have genetic mutations that predispose their mitochondria to fail prematurely, which means they may develop mitochondrial disease sometime in their lives. Depending on which parts of their bodies are most affected and to what extent, people with mito can lose their sight or hearing, be unable to walk, eat or talk normally, have strokes or seizures, or develop heart problems, liver disease, diabetes, or respiratory or digestive problems.
The Mito Foundation provides patient support services including a helpline, support groups and information sessions.
Where: From Belmont to Newcastle beach
When: 7 October 2018
Cost: See website for cost
To Register, click HERE
To Sponsor walkers or teams, click HERE
For more information, please visit the website.
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