Darcie’s reason to run

Darcie Milan will take part in her first Run for a Reason next month. Picture: Martin Kennealey          d436535
Darcie Milan will take part in her first Run for a Reason next month. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d436535

The 23-year-old Leeming resident made the 12km Run for a Reason one of her top goals as part of training.

Darcie, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as a 17-year-old, has raised funds for the MS Society as a way of giving back to the organisation that has provided so much support since her diagnosis.

While the former Leeming primary and high schools student is in remission of symptoms, she struggles daily with fatigue.

But she still manages to study molecular genetics and biochemistry at Curtin University while running five times a week or playing squash or netball.

�I don�t think I�ll run the whole 12km but maybe 4km to 5km, with walking in between,� Darcie said.

�I know that keeping fit and doing regular exercise will ward off future MS relapses and help me beat the flare-up of symptoms that occur now and then.

�Symptoms include fatigue, clumsiness, depression, trouble with balance and weakness.

�I�m very lucky in that during recent years, I have been relapse-free and successfully managing my disease with the support of my wonderful friends and family.

�Researchers are still working towards a cure and I am optimistic that they will discover one within my lifetime, but they need the funds to get there.�

n If you want to support Darcie, go to https://hbfrun 2015.everydayhero.com/au/ Darcie.