Let’s help ‘D-Feet’ MND at Sunday's walk on the Esplanade

IMAGINE being trapped inside your body - unable to walk, talk, swallow or even breathe. That is what life can be like for people with motor neuron disease (MND).

This Sunday, the Fraser Coast Chronicle, Fraser Coast Regional Council and MND Queensland are sponsoring the Walk to "D-Feet" Motor Neuron Disease.

The 5km walk around Bill Fraser Park will start at the Hervey Bay Sailing Club at 10am and will be wheelchair, stroller and leashed-dog friendly.

There will be a sausage sizzle after the walk as well as live entertainment from Maryborough singer Jimmy James plus raffles and a hot rod show. The money raised will go towards finding a cure of MND and "D-feeting" the disease for good.

Hervey Bay's Steven Podd had a very personal experience with MND when he lost his father, Alan, almost four years ago.

"Before my dad died he lost the use of his hands and his speech, he wasn't able to swallow food and he needed to have a tube put into his stomach to be fed and it eventually stopped his breathing," Mr Podd said.

"It's not just myself, it affects people differently; we've got a next door neighbour where dad lived who has MND but he's still alive. It's such a diverse disease."

The disease is caused by the degeneration and eventual death of the neurons that control the body's muscles. Treatment is available but there is no cure.

Registration and t-shirt fees for the "D-Feet" walk are $30 for adults ($25 without the shirt) and $12 for children ($8 without the shirt).

For more information or to donate click here.