Extreme devotion

Shaun Thoms with his niece Caitlyn Day. Picture: Martin Kennealey d406663
Shaun Thoms with his niece Caitlyn Day. Picture: Martin Kennealey d406663

The Jandakot resident will take part in the Act-Belong-Commit Dwellingup 100 with workmate Rick Alfaro to raise awareness and money for the ongoing battle to end muscular dystrophy, a disease that has affected his 14-year-old niece, Hocking resident Caitlyn Day.

Muscular dystrophy is a disease that results in the on-going deterioration of muscle strength and function. Those with it are confined to wheel chairs because they don’t have the strength to walk. It affects more than 20,000 Australians.

Bentley Health Service HR consultant Thoms, a keen road-cyclist, said he wasn’t completely sure what to expect from the extreme mountain bike event, but wanted to put in a good effort for his niece.

‘I have a thorough understanding of the challenges experienced by Caitlyn and others and of the fantastic support provided by Muscular Dystrophy Western Australia (MDWA),’ he said.

‘Personally I will concede that this physical challenge far exceeds anything I’ve done before and it is daunting, however it is for a fantastic cause

and I am committed 100 per cent.’

‘I’m expecting to be pretty sore at the end of it. I’m thinking it will take two thirds fitness and one third determination to get me to the finish line.’

Thoms is one of 46 participants who have helped MDWA raise $70,000 so far.

Donations can be made by visiting mdwa.org.au and following the links.