WHETHER they are aiming to run it in under 60 minutes or just walk to finish, a record team of 154 students and staff from The Armidale School will be using Sunday’s City to Surf foot race to raise attention to the fight against muscular dystrophy.
The Stand Tall for a Cure Foundation was established by TAS old boy Drew Schofield from Nundle after he was diagnosed with the disease at age 12 – and TAS has got right on board.
Visiting his old school recently, Drew told an assembly that when he was first diagnosed with the disease halfway through Year 7, he had no idea what that would mean.
“Until then, I had always thought I was just bit slower at being able to walk, run and swim. After that [the diagnosis] I wasted a lot of time thinking about what was in store next, how I would change,” he said.
“I soon realised the best way to deal with it was to own it.”
Facing his condition head on, he continued to live an active life, until a broken sacrum, the result of a fall, put him in a wheelchair last year.
“Being in a wheelchair would change me as a person, but it has been one of the most humbling experiences of my life. Everyday I get to experience a side of humanity that sometimes seems lost or forgotten.”
TAS athletics head Jim Pennington said: “The school’s philosophy is that service to community should be entwined with the adventure opportunities that appeal so much to our students. As an old boy, Drew’s story is a particularly powerful one for our students, and it is a privilege to be able to help in this way.”