With 2.5 weeks to go we thought it was about time to introduce the fantastic people who are undertaking this amazing hike for Fibromyalgia Support Network of Western Australia Inc. and Dementia Australia.
Lisa – I was a late addition to the team, joining initially for the fun of it! Knowing many friends and family with fibro, my first understanding of the cause was that sufferers were just tired and sore. But I am beginning to understand that fibro is much more than that, that it effects cognitive function, sleep, speech, skin/light/sound/smell sensitivity, digesting and mental health. I am looking forward to the challenge of the 135km – a small thing I can do to help bring awareness and much needed funds for such a debilitating yet mysterious illness.
Jacinda (aka J) – Life comes with many challenges – some you get to choose, others not so.Living with a chronic illness condition myself since childhood, I can imagine the complexities and challenges faced by the fibromyalgia and dementia sufferers, as well as their loved ones and the carers. It also makes me more appreciative of the challenges that my health allows me to choose, like going on the Cape to Cape trek with a bunch of determined folk! This together with the opportunity to drum up support for the invaluable work our charities are undertaking including raising awareness and making it easier for people to understand and talk about things like fibro, dementia and T1 diabetes, will be very rewarding.
Luke – I’ve had friends and loved ones who have either battled with or are living with dementia or fibromyalgia. The Cape to Cape walk is an opportunity for team of people directly affected by each these conditions to push themselves to the limit, inspire and challenge others to consider what they’re capable of, and, in doing this raise awareness and much needed funds for research & treatment. Every hero needs support and I’m doing this not only to support these important causes, but support these heroes as they take on the C2C challenge.
Dunja – Orchestrating this event whilst battling fatigue and fibro flares has been very difficult – but to raise funds for such worthy causes and awareness for the difficulties experienced by the warriors suffering and the people supporting them, is incredibly gratifying. And to actually complete this hike is a dream come true and proof to me that my fibro and arthritis cannot take away everything that I wish to achieve.
John (the JL in JL Fitness) – I wanted to set a challenge that people needed to practice for (help them get their daily/weekly steps up, get them outside in the fresh air) and something to aim for.With my wife having Fibro and some of my boot camp participants families suffering with dementia, I thought they would be great causes to raise money for.I’ve seen many kind and generous acts on the local Facebook pages, and thought it would be a great opportunity to get some prizes from local companies and give them to local people all whilst promoting and raising awareness for these great charities.
Jocelyn (aka Joss) – As a mother of a young child with Angelman Syndrome, I understand the importance and impact of raising awareness within the community of rare diseases and I have the privilege of participating in the 5 day Cape to Cape Challenge to help raise funds and awareness for Fibromyalgia Support Network WA and Dementia Australia.
If you would like to help this team raise funds for our charities please click here: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/cape-to-cape-with-jl-fitness .