Motor Neuron sufferer raises awareness about disease

By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: East Coast

Motor neuron sufferer Nate McNabb was given a life expectancy of just three years to live. Four years on and he is still alive and well. He's on a journey to raise awareness about the rare debilitating disease that is ultimately fatal.

Nate McNabb is a fighter and lives with Motor Neurone Diseases (MND).

He is on a mission to raise awareness about the disease. His life changed in 2012 when he was diagnosed with MND, the disease is incurable and ultimately fatal. It's a condition that sees the loss of muscle activity such as speaking, walking, breathing, and swallowing as the motor neurone system slowly gets attacked.

McNabb was given a life expectancy of just three years, but four years on and he is still here.

"It's really good that I'm able to spend this time with my family having this extra time knowing that it could've been much shorter is really good," says McNabb.

To raise awareness about the rare disease, he and his partner Donna Park will be part of the annual Walk 2 d'feet for MND sufferers.

Come the 25th September, more than 1000 people are expected to descend on the Regional Sports Park in Hastings.

It's an event all about raising awareness of the disease and to raise money for research into finding a cure.

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