Rockingham was the finish line for a man who ran more than ten hours to raise money for multiple sclerosis on Sunday.
Civil engineering student Mitchell Grey began his ultramarathon at Mullaloo Beach and crossed the finished 91.8 kilometres later at Rockingham’s Naval Memorial Reserve surrounded by supporting family and friends.
The 22-year-old knows multiple sclerosis (MS) all too well after his aunt was diagnosed with the condition, which affects the central nervous system, in 2017.
“I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for someone who is fit and healthy to do something for those who aren’t that lucky,” Mr Grey told Skeer Media.
“She’s been like a second mum for me since I was a kid, and despite her diagnosis and how much it sets her back, she is always there for me.
“I thought it would be a good way to show her how much I care.”
The ultramarathon athlete said he was about 50 kilometres into the run when his body and mind started to feel the pressure.
“It was just stinking hot, no wind and I was losing my mind,” he said.
“We had some people in and out, like running and cycling, but mum and dad were switching out the whole way, so I did have someone the [entire] time.
“I couldn’t have done it without them, especially in this heat.”
Mr Grey said the research for multiple sclerosis had come along way and donations are helping those who are suffering.
“It’s a condition of the nervous system which affects your brain, spinal cord and neurological functions and can literally happen to anyone,” he said.
“It can be completely debilitating.
“The goal is to just get rid of it.”
Multiple sclerosis Australia said the condition interferes with nerve impulses.
“MS affects over 25,600 in Australia and more than two million [are] diagnosed worldwide,” MS Australia explains.
“Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too. Roughly three times as many women have MS as men.
“There is currently no known cure for MS, however, there are a number of treatment options available to help manage symptoms and slow progression of the disease.”
The Mullaloo resident’s goal was to raise $2,000 but he has since reached double with more than $4,000 in donations.
If you would like to donate or read more about Mr Grey’s journey and MS you can do so here www.doitfoms.org.au.