Tough but worth it

Inspired by the bravery of her patients, occupational therapy student Emily Richardson is taking part in the Ride For Someone Who Can’t.  Picture: Martin Kennealey         www.communitypix.com.au   d442844
Inspired by the bravery of her patients, occupational therapy student Emily Richardson is taking part in the Ride For Someone Who Can’t. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d442844

The ECU occupational therapy student and disability support worker will join more than 60 mountain bikers to conquer the trails for Muscular Dystrophy WA. She will be taking on the 40km track.

Emily�s work with people who have the condition has inspired her to help any way she can.

�I am taking part in the Ride for Someone Who Can�t to raise money for what I feel is a wonderful and extremely important cause,� she said.

�I have the privilege of working with a lovely young man with muscular dystrophy� Anthony and his beautiful family are truly my inspiration behind completing this ride.

�I see day to day what the degenerative disease does, so any money to go towards helping that is just really important to me � it�s close to my heart.�

Not a regular on a bicycle, Emily said diving into training had definitely been �tough�.

�I don�t think I eased into it at all � I think the first bike ride I did was about 25km and that was straight away,� she said.

�It was definitely tough; within the first 3km I hit my wall and thought �oh my gosh I can�t do it� and then it got easier as the ride progressed.

�The next one I did was 32km but as it�s getting closer I�m doing shorter distances because I�m trying to train every day.�

Muscular Dystrophy WA is hoping to raise $110,000 to help support people living with the condition through vital services, equipment, and programs.

Emily has set up a fundraising page to help reach her $3000 target. People can donate at ridefswc2015.everydayhero.com/au/emily-richardson.