VicMow in association with the Rotary Club of Kooweerup and Lang Lang are proud to be hosting the Mowing Down MALS Family Fun Day.
Ashleigh Smith was once a healthy, active 12 year old girl, who enjoys school, hanging out with her friends, horse riding, eating quiche and KFC Twisters and the usual things 12 yr old girls do.
Sadly Ashleigh can no longer do or enjoy these things, her favourite foods now cause her excruciating pain, she has no energy to go to school (although tries to do half days, when she can) or hang out with her friends and her beloved riding lessons are a thing of the past. Ashleigh has a rare disease called MALS Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (don’t let the name fool you, it’s nothing like the ligament you hurt playing sport)
MALS is a condition in which the median arcuate ligament presses too tightly on the celiac artery (a major branch of the aorta that delivers blood to the stomach, liver and other organs) and the nerves in the area. Patients with MALS will typically have severe stomach pain soon after eating. Unfortunately, the only way to prevent the pain is to limit or avoid eating (which brings with it, it’s own set of problems) thankfully it is curable, but unfortunately Ashleigh needs to go to America for the life changing surgery, this is where we come in, with a completely different track, novelty races and lots of other attractions this is an event you don’t want to miss!!
If you are unable to make the event but would like to help, donations can be made here:
Account name - FUNDRAISING ACCOUNT
BSB - 013-510
Account number - 234395949