Madeleine Hurley

Together, we can leave MS where it belongs, behind us.

One person committed to stopping MS in its tracks is the amazing Madeleine.

She raised an incredible $937.70 last year for research.

Madeleine was diagnosed with MS at just 23 years old. Right in the prime of life.

Madeleine says, “I lost sight in my left eye. I bumped my head the week before so I thought it was because I bumped my head. It lasted for about five days so I went to the optometrist.”

They sent her straight to the hospital emergency department.

After many tests, she was diagnosed with optic neuritis – a common symptom of multiple sclerosis.

Madeleine was then given an MRI.

“I had a lot of lesions on my brain and spine so then they linked me up with a neurologist and diagnosed me [with MS] from there.”

“It was a bit shocking. I have a pretty glass-half-full attitude. I think maybe I was shocked because the prognosis is hard to define.”

Thankfully for Madeleine, treatment is working and her vision has since fully recovered.

"It’s been three and a half years now and I think I've got a pretty good attitude toward it.”

Madeleine signed up to The May 50K with her housemates and a few friends. Together they walked throughout May to raise vital awareness and funds for critical research into better treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

“It would be amazing to find new treatments and a cure. It would be life-changing for those living with MS.”

“My counsellor described it as the silent disease so educating people and raising awareness about it is also a good thing.”

A massive thanks to Madeleine for raising funds for life-changing research, targeted prevention, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for MS.

With every kilometre clocked this May, we are creating a brighter future for people living with MS.