Westmead Hospital nurse Angela Lownie raised $1300 towards curing Huntington’s disease at the recent City2Surf fun run but said it’s not enough.
‘‘I’ve now made a plan to put a team together and race in the next two years to raise $10,000,’’ she said.
Mrs Lownie, who worked as a senior nurse at the Westmead Hospital Huntington’s disease outreach services for 15 years, said she wants to raise money to enable the department’s current staff to attend next year’s World Congress on the disease.
“The ultimate outcome from all this is to improve our ‘hands-on’ care while we support the use of new treatments as they become available,” she said.
‘‘These conferences truly inspire the staff and stimulate research into both care and cure.’’
Huntington’s disease, a degenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle co-ordination, has no cure.
During her time in the Westmead Hospital’s outreach services, Mrs Lownie has helped about 200 sufferers of the disease.
‘‘I consider it a great privilege to have been a small, and sometimes large, part of their journey,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s part of my way of life as a Christian to want to help people and I believe all of us who are well in life need to support those who aren’t.’’
Angela Lownie’s chosen charity for the City2Surf was Westmead Medical Research Foundation.
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