Having lost a great friend Scott Sullivan to Motor Neurone Disease at aged 42, Norman Thurecht puts on his runners again and is running in the New York marathon to raise funds for this incurable disease.
Thurecht is well known in pharmacy for his astute, and his very grounded presentations on how to keep your businesses afloat, but explains why he is running a marathon again.
To put it bluntly, he says he has learned a lot about the disease since the loss of Scott, and feels it deeply.
“Many of you would know that a friend of mine—Scott Sullivan—died of this insidious disease at the age of 42 leaving behind a wife and two young children. I have learned a lot about the disease only through Scott’s tireless work before his death and since,” says Thurecht.
Thurecht says Scott showed huge bravery and even set up a foundation to undertake his vision of caring and curing and to support MND sufferers and their families, this is despite his illness.
Meanwhile, Thurecht describes the “madness” of doing another marathon is as a result of his love for Scott and his family; and his shock at his friend’s early death.
“[But] I was able to convince Sarah (Scott’s wife) to travel to New York and run the New York Marathon. Paying our own way we set the challenge of raising awareness about the disease and money for the Foundation. She agreed, and if you ever get the chance to meet her I am sure you would agree that she is a tower of strength.
“After we set our sights on the goal and word spread, there are now 39 members of the MND & Me NYC Marathon team and our aim is to raise $100,000 for the Foundation.
“Some of you will have seen members of the team out training in our gear raising awareness around town (in photo on my web page link below). We have members in the team from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, so it is a massive team effort.”
Cheer him on: 1 November 2015 and donate here.