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Ray White Fight for MND

By Todd Alexander

Double Bay agents running for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Australia on Sunday 12th August 2018 at The Sun-Herald City2Surf.

Sales agents Adam Reichman, Zac Rabin and Thomas Popple from Ray White Double Bay are leading the charge with fundraising and building a team to participate at this years City 2 Surf. They announce their plan to take action on the eve of MND Global Awareness Day, 21 June 2018.

Ray White Double Bay is a family business and for over 30 years has been committed to supporting the local people of Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

My Story by Adam Reichman.

“You never know what you have until you lose it.”

On March 4, 2018 – I lost my amazing father to motor neurone disease (MND). He was 50. As a young adult growing up I always had this vision in my head that I was going to grow up into a man and have both my parents next to me the entire way – to see me at succeed at my job – to get married one day – to have children one day, to have them as grandparents one day.

I expected both my parents to be there to see it all happen but on the February 18 2016 I found out how cruel life can be. I remember standing in the MJ Bale shop – both my parents looked at me and I knew something was wrong – little did I know that my life was about to change forever. I was told it was MND. That’s it.

What most people don’t know about this disease is that the patient going through it will gradually lose all muscles in their body – from hands and arms down to legs and feet and eventually muscles in the neak weakean. We don’t really know much about this disease. A disease that gradually tore through a young family with so much force that it became too much to bear at some times. The patient will lose ability to talk and communicate with their loved ones. Eventually their lungs will give up on their body due to muscle weakening.

We fought for two years trying everything we could – we went around the world looking for a cure. In my mind I knew there wasn’t one but the only way to get on with life as it was, was to believe there could be one. I want to raise awareness around this disease, not because it happened to me and my family but to the families in the world who are battling with a loved one who is going through this. I am trying to raise money so that we can learn more about this killer disease that is the most rapid thing I have ever experienced in my life.

Everyday I used to come home from work – first question was – “mum how’s dad?.

Everyone was always so concerned because he was the most loved man I have ever seen.

I spent a great amount of time with my dad everyday after finishing work and on weekends… he hated people asking him how he was. He didn’t ever want to be the centre of attention – even with this lethal disease…one thing I will remember for the rest of my life… months before he passed I asked him everyday “Dad how are you? Dad how are you?”

He said to me every single time “Ads I’m perfect, everything is perfect.”

That’s the man I’ll always remember…

From left: Father, Peter Reichman and Adam Reichman

Adam, Thomas and Zac embark on this journey because they want to make a difference. Their mission statement is to create awareness and support for the families impacted by MND – in their own family, in the local community and throughout Australia.

“The heart of our business is very much embedded in family values and we look forward to raising awareness and funds towards a great cause.” said Director, Elliott Placks from Ray White Double Bay.

MND Australia is the national voice of 2000 Australians living with MND. They work in collaboration with the state MND associations to help Australians impacted by MND live better for longer.

“MND Australia is grateful to Adam and the Ray White Double Bay team for their commitment to supporting our vision of a world without MND. As Adam is sadly well aware MND has a devastating impact on families and we applaud his desire to get involved to raise awareness of MND to help other families facing the daily reality of MND. The more people know and understand MND the more we can help them as a community to live as well as possible for as long as possible.” – Carol Birks, CEO MND Australia.

From left: Thomas Popple, Adam Reichman and Zac Rabin from Ray White Double Bay.

“To see a young guy in the community – a colleague, and a friend go through such a traumatic experience was very hard to stomach. I would love to see more support systems in place to better help families suffering from the all round effects of MND.” – Zac Rabin

Thomas, Adam and Zac’s target is to raise $10,000 in donations for MND Australia.

The City2Surf is a Fun Run event held annually in Sydney covering a 14km course from Sydney’s CBD to the world famous Bondi Beach. The fun run attracts more than 80,000 participates and is the fifth-largest running event in the world.

“It is one of my favourite days of the year. I have been participating in the City2Surf since 2004 so the event means a lot to me. The energy, passion and atmosphere is amazing from start to finish. There a lot of people running for a charity that for them is very close to home. It is a great opportunity for individuals, teams, offices, families and communities to come together and raise money towards a great cause of their choice.” – Thomas Popple

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