Carer Helen McIntyre applies lipstick for Isobel Bowden, a motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer, who is raising money for resea
Carer Helen McIntyre applies lipstick for Isobel Bowden, a motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer, who is raising money for resea

Cornflower for hope



LILY Jenkins, Isobel Bowden, Helen McIntyre and Elizabeth Casey will be out and about this week raising money for research into motor neurone disease (MND).

This week is Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Week and the four women, who are members of the Coffs Coast's MND Support Group, are raising money by selling a range of items from socks and pens to fabric cornflowers to raise money.

Today from 9am to 4pm group members will be in Sawtell's 1st Avenue, tomorrow at Toormina shopping centre; on Thursday and Friday in Coffs Harbour's City Square and on Saturday in Woolgoolga.

In Bellingen, Elizabeth Casey will be at the RSL Country Club and look for Isobel Bowden at the Coffs Ex-Services Club.

The blue cornflower is the symbol of hope for MND, where the nerve cells controlling the muscles fail, so the muscles gradually weaken and waste. There is so far no known cause or cure for the disease, made famous by physicist Dr Stephen Hawking, who is the longest known MND survivor. In many cases MND progresses swiftly, causing death within months, but in other cases the person can live for many years.

Coffs Harbour's Isobel Bowden was diagnosed with MND at the age of 24, just after the birth of her second child.

Thirty-four years later, she is still raising money for research. For further information or to donate please phone Lily Jenkins on 66523 2571.



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