Proud dad Ronnie hits road to raise awareness of rare illness
Published 17/03/2010 | 05:00
SOCCER legend Ronnie Whelan is back in training, but this time he will be trekking 130km across Ireland for his daughter Elizabeth.
The former Liverpool and Ireland star is planning a six-day charity walk across the country's most popular hiking trails to raise awareness of the debilitating but little-known disease, Myasthenia Gravis (MG).
Elizabeth, now aged 24, was a teenager when she learned she had the serious auto-immune disease, which causes a breakdown between nerves and muscles, resulting in weakness in the arms, legs and eyes.
"When Elizabeth was diagnosed with the disease five years ago, we were shell-shocked. There was very little information available and we didn't know anyone else who was affected," said Ronnie.
Ronnie and Elizabeth were in Dublin yesterday to launch the Rocky Road to Dublin Walking Challenge, which runs from April 29 to May 4 and takes in hiking routes across the country.
Ronnie hopes others will sign up for the challenge on www.rockyroad.ie.