My best friend was diagnosed with MS when she was 29.
I didn't even know what MS was or that multiple sclerosis affects more young people than any other neurological condition. Every case of multiple sclerosis is unique – the symptoms, severity and progress of the disease are different for everyone. One thing is certain though, and that is Renée doesn’t let MS define her. Her strength, determination and grace are inspiring to everyone who knows her.
Almost every year, our wonderful family and friends get together to Walk for MS. Whether it’s by moonlight in Brisbane or around the Pyrmont Pier under the backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it’s an annual tradition that brightens our spirits and an event that brings real and lasting change.
I’ve always wanted to make a difference.
It was my brother, Stuart Criddle, who established the not-for-profit motorcycle group, Wild Hoggs in 2013 and the Motorcycle Ride for MS to raise awareness and an incredible $40,000 for MS Australia; who inspired me to do something BIG. I wanted to find my own unique way to contribute.
So I decided to hike the Larapinta Trail for MS in the Australian Outback in 2018. Unfortunately, injury and a long-term recovery prevented me from realising that dream. I haven't stopped dreaming about doing something big, even if I didn't know what that would be…
However, sometimes, things just seem to fall into place when you least expect them to. Renée and I have always talked about doing something epic for our 40th birthdays and next year marks 10 years of surviving and thriving with MS for Renée, and coincidentally, 25 years of epic friendship for us. So if not now, when?
So, we are "Conquering Cradle Mountain to Beat MS"!
As we venture into the next decade of our lives, we've decided to venture into the Tasmanian wilderness to do something that challenges us, that changes us, that ignites a spark within our soul and redefines our sense of self, purpose, and helps to make a difference in the lives of those living with MS.
Neither of us has done anything like this before, and has no idea exactly how, but I guess you could say, we just took a leap of faith.
I’d like to show my kids that you could do anything you put your mind to (except maybe myelin sheath regeneration - although raising money for MS research might just make that a reality one day). This is an incredible opportunity to learn, to grow and unlike any other challenge we've experienced.
If you can, please donate, to support our trek and give hope to thousands of Australians living with multiple sclerosis. 100% of your donation goes directly to deliver essential MS support services and ensure no one faces MS alone.
Thank you for your support.