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Mater Research’s Deputy Director of Research Professor Mike McGuckin is preparing for the adventure of a lifetime, when he joins Mater Foundation’s Miles for Memories Yosemite Trek in June.
This year’s adventure trek will raise important funds to help the team at Mater Research to continue investigating the potential for an early intervention treatment for dementia.
Professor McGuckin’s personal connection to the cause has inspired him not only to join the seven day trek, but to set a challenging fundraising goal of $10 000.
“Like an increasing number of families, my family has been directly affected by dementia,” Professor McGuckin said.
“My dad, Des was a renowned paediatric surgeon who devoted his working life to helping sick kids. He was a character and a gentleman. He unfortunately spent the last few years of his life in a near vegetative state because of Alzheimer’s disease.
“All diseases bring their challenges, but dementia cruelly robs your very identity and typically brings an undignified end to life.”
Professor McGuckin’s determination to raise as much money as possible for the cause is reinforced by his own experience in medical research.
“Being a medical research scientist myself I am acutely aware of the challenges presented by diseases such as dementia, but I am also aware of the power of increasing knowledge to develop strategies to prevent or treat disease,” he said.
“I am confident that through research we will be able to tackle dementia, at least for my children’s generation. I can assure you all support will be well invested.”
More than $150 000 has already been raised by the Miles for Memories trekking group.
Donate today to support Professor McGuckin’s Miles for Memories trek and ongoing dementia research at Mater.