Two families Move a Mile for Muscles

Leona, Anya and Criostai Connolly join Dave, Josh and Rebecca McClean to launch Move a Mile for Muscles in Riverside Park Ballymoney with Cathryn Gibson MDUK.
Leona, Anya and Criostai Connolly join Dave, Josh and Rebecca McClean to launch Move a Mile for Muscles in Riverside Park Ballymoney with Cathryn Gibson MDUK.

The Connolly and McClean families from Loughgiel and Balnamore are helping to fund research into a devastating muscle-wasting condition by helping to organise a Move a Mile for Muscles fundraising challenge at Riverside Park Ballymoney for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Josh McClean, 11 and Criostai Connolly, 8 have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a condition which causes muscles to weaken and waste over time, leading to increasing disability. On September 9th they will be taking part in Move a Mile for Muscles at Riverside Park and would like as many of the local community as possible to come and join them!

The event starts at 6pm with registration at 5.30pm. There will be a treasure hunt along the one mile trail with some refreshments at the end. There is also an option to Move 3 miles on this fully accessible route.

Through the families fundraising efforts they are hoping to raise vital funds which will go to the charity’s Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund, helping scientists find treatments for the condition that affects 2,500 people in the UK.

Cathryn Gibson Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Regional Development Manager for Northern Ireland said: “Anyone can take part in Move a Mile for Muscles Ballymoney. You can travel the distance however you choose, whether it’s running, walking or covering a mile that is special to you in your powered wheelchair. By joining in and raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK, you could help support 70,000 families living with muscle-wasting conditions lives.”

To register: www.activekids.com/ballymoney-countyantrim/running/distance-running/move-a-mile-for-muscles-ballymoney-2016

Find out more about Move a Mile for Muscles: www.musculardystrophyuk.org or call Muscular Dystrophy UK’s fundraising hotline: 0845 872 8058.