Hiking for a cause

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
The JL fitness crew training for their fundraising hike
Camera IconThe JL fitness crew training for their fundraising hike Credit: Supplied

Five representatives from JL fitness will hike 135km of the Cape to Cape track in five days of fundraising for the Fibromyalgia Support Network and Dementia Australia.

Fibromyalgia syndrome is an umbrella term for chronic fatigue and cognitive functional impairment which causes connective tissue pain and oversensitive nerves resulting in difficulty getting out of bed and intense pain.

Team leader and fibromyalgia sufferer Dunja Lewis said the hike was about raising awareness and social activism.

“For me it’s about raising awareness because it can take years to diagnose a patient with fibromyalgia syndrome and we hope that more fundraising will improve that diagnosis timeframe and allow early intervention,” she said.

The average diagnosis of symptoms is five years and is often linked to many other conditions such as arthritis and sufferers may miss symptoms that can be cured.

“The combination of strong painkilling medication and other symptoms make it almost impossible to stay active,” Mrs Lewis said. “I’m trying to make life work with this illness as well as everything else and I want to get the message across to others who are diagnosed that there is support out there.”

To donate, visit give.every dayhero.com/au/cape-to-cape-with-jl-fitness

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