This Sunday, Chris Wiles will get up early and head from his Babinda home to the Innisfail post office. When the clock strikes six, Chris will get on his bicycle and ride the 90 or so kilometres to Cairns, a journey he hopes to complete by around noon. It’ll be a hot day, and it’s no easy ride – there are some serious uphill stretches on the Bruce Highway that will test his fitness and resolve.
Chris is taking part in the annual Ride For Muscular Dystrophy – an event that raises awareness about the various forms of this debilitating medical condition, and raises funds to help people living with MD in Queensland. http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/ride4md2013
The ride actually takes place in Brisbane, but the cost of travel was prohibitive, so Chris and his family decided to hold a one-man ride here in far north Queensland – linking with a team competing in the Brisbane event, Team Mad Dog Wiles. http://www.everydayhero.com.au/team_maddog_wiles
Muscular dystrophy is something the Wiles family first heard of earlier this year, when Chris’s seven year old son Harper was diagnosed with Becker Muscular Dystrophy. He’s doing OK at the moment, but his future now includes some scary possibilities.
Muscular dystrophies are genetic disorders that can cause muscle wasting and weakness, loss of strength, possibly even life-shortening or life-threatening conditions. There’s no cure, and much yet to be learned about the condition and treatments. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is probably the best known and more severe form of dystrophy, Becker (BMD) is considered a milder form with a much slower and less predictable progression.
Chris Wiles hopes you will support his team in the Ride 4 MD this year – you can do that at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/team_maddog_wiles