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There is still no cure for life-threating neurological diseases, but there is now real hope. This Christmas, you can help us get closer!
This year when Liz (pictured above) spends her Christmas with her husband, Steven, amd her three growing boys - Ross, who's 9, Lewis, who's 13 and 14-year-old Nicholas - she will do so buoyed by the hope for what the new year's research on neuroconditions, like Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can bring.
When she was pregnant with Ross, Liz was diagnosed with MS, and overnight, her life changed. She went from being an active Mum, to facing a very uncertain future.
As her energy and coordination decline and fade, Liz knows it's only going to get more difficult as the disease progresses. "If MS doesn't kill you, being more susceptible to flu and other illnesses will."
Research is Liz's only hope of surviving MS and having a better quality of life.
"People with neurological conditions can have awful lives, stuck in wheelchairs wehre they have no quality of life. If we could actually find better treatments and a cure, then people can live a fantastic life - but it is not going to happen if we can't pay for the research," she explains.
Just lik Liz, there are thousands of people living with a range of neurological and mental health conditions, - including Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimers Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neuron Disease - there is no cure, there are minimal treatment options, and the causes remain unknown.
We're asking you to help change the future for people like Liz. By making a donation this Christmas, you will give the gift of real hope to thousands living debilitating and life-threatening neurological diseases.
With an increased life expectancy and an ageing population, it has never been more important to increase our research effort into studying diseases of the central nervous system, so that we may understand the cause, develop effective treatments and reduce the incidence of such diseases. The availability of banked tissue to enable this research is vital. For more information about the donor program contact the Centre for Neuroscience at Flinders University on (08) 8204 4393 or email Rebecca.Ormsby@flinders.edu.au
Together we can improve the quality of life for people living with neurological diseases, and one day, even find a cure.