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102-year-old goes skydiving to raise awareness for disease that claimed her daughter
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ABC News – A 102-year-old Australian woman has become the oldest skydiver in the world while also raising awareness for the disease that killed her daughter.
Athelstone, Australia, resident Irene O’Shea celebrated her 100th birthday by skydiving for the first time, and has taken the extreme leap of faith every year since, according to SA Skydiving, the Adelaide-based company that O’Shea has jumped with each time.
Sunday’s skydive, which broke the world record, “went smoothly,” SA Diving said, describing her as “an absolute joy to have in the dropzone.”
O’Shea’s daughter died of motor neuron disease years ago, according to SA Diving. She saw this year’s skydive as the “perfect opportunity” to raise money and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of South Australia … Read more.
What is motor neuron disease?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Motor neuron diseases (MNDs) are a group of neurodegenerative disorders that selectively affect motor neurons, the cells which control voluntary muscles of the body.
According to ICD-11, the following disorders are counted among motor neuron diseases: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), progressive bulbar palsy (PBP), pseudobulbar palsy, progressive muscular atrophy (PMA), primary lateral sclerosis (PLS), and monomelic amyotrophy (MMA), as well as some rarer variants resembling ALS.
Motor neuron diseases affect both children and adults. While each motor neuron disease affects patients differently, they all cause movement-related symptoms, mainly muscle weakness.
Most diseases seem to occur randomly without known causes, but some forms are inherited.
Studies into these inherited forms have led to discoveries of various genes (e.g. SOD1) that are thought be important in understanding how the disease occurs.
Symptoms of motor neuron diseases can be first seen at birth or can come on slowly later in life. Most diseases worsen over time; while some diseases shortening one’s life expectancy (e.g. ALS), others do not.
Currently, there are no approved treatments for the majority of motor neuron disorders, and care is mostly symptomatic. Read more.