Firefighters: Climbing 1504 steps to fight motor neurone disease

Finding a cure: Kempsey Fire and Rescue firefighter Paul Lang will climb the Sydney Tower Eye to raise funds and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease. Photo: Callum McGregor.
Finding a cure: Kempsey Fire and Rescue firefighter Paul Lang will climb the Sydney Tower Eye to raise funds and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease. Photo: Callum McGregor.

Kempsey Fire and Rescue firefighter Paul Lang will take 1504 steps towards the fight against the debilitating motor neurone disease when he climbs the iconic Sydney Tower Eye on Saturday October 20.

Lang, who moved to Kempsey when he was 13, will make the climb to help find a cure for a disease that has affected two people close to him.

The firefighter had a close friend at school lose his mother to motor neurone disease while a Macleay Valley Eagles junior, who Lang has coached, has an uncle suffering from the disease.

Lang, alongside hundreds of firefighters, will make the climb in more than 20kg of equipment but he said racing up the 98 stories is nothing in comparison to the struggles people face when diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

“I want to show that everyday people can make a difference in other people’s lives,” Lang said.

“Everyone involved in the firefighters climb contributes to one day finding a cure and therefore each person’s contribution can go a long way.

“At the end of the day the challenge of climbing the Sydney Tower Eye is nothing compared to what people face when they are diagnosed with motor neurone disease.”

Lang’s goal is to raise $1504, a dollar for every step he will conquer.

Find a donation box to help Paul Lang’s cause at Gourmet Chicken, the Macleay Argus, Chaddies Store and The Neighbourhood store.

Motor Neurone Disease can strike anyone and there is no known cure or effective treatment for the progressive and terminal neurological disease.

Each day in Australia, two people are diagnosed and two people die from Motor Neurone Disease.

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