HILLARYS 10-year-old Dylan Manning will be blazing the trails of Dwellingup in a race to support people living with muscular dystrophy.
The August 19 event will see Dylan join a group of 45 cyclists riding 14km in the Dwellingup 100 Mountain Bike Classic, raising funds through the Trail Day for Muscular Dystrophy WA initiative.
This will be Dylan’s fourth ride with the Leeuwin Barracks team, riding in memory of Conor Murphy – the son of one of his mum’s colleagues who died from the condition in 2014, aged 25.
“I always ride my hardest for muscular dystrophy and to remember Conor,” said Dylan.
“He was our friend and the way he died was very sad.”
Since joining the ride in 2010, the Leeuwin Barracks team has raised more than $68,000 for Muscular Dystrophy WA, with Dylan personally raising $3350 since 2014.
“When I go to Dwellingup and I see all the people with muscular dystrophy I feel grateful that I have a happy and fit life,” he said.
“I love all sports and it would be great if our fundraising helped to find a cure for muscular dystrophy so kids can play sport like I can.”
This year, Muscular Dystrophy WA celebrates 50 years of funding research and providing social support to those affected by the condition, as well as their families.
Chief executive Hayley Lethlean said the event was critical to raising significant funds and awareness.
“We firmly believe that no one should be defined by their condition and that the medical needs of an individual with muscular dystrophy are only half the story,” she said.
To donate, go to traildayformdwa.everydayhero.com/au/dylanridesforleeuwin.