MURRAY WILSON / STUFF
Patients and adepts of motor neuron disease walked from the Northern Palmerston Fire Station to the Square to support people with the disease.
A short walk might seem like a marathon for those suffering from motor neuron disease, so people go on the streets to show their support.
A disease of motor neurons of the Walk 2 D-Feet type across the country was held on Sunday, the day of awareness for the disease that causes muscle wasting, which robs people of their movements and speech, and is fatal.
Supporters and patients of the disease walked from the Palmerston North Fire Station to the Square and back to raise awareness and fund research to fund a cure.
Many wore blue dresses as they circled the square, followed by a fire truck.
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Kylie Martin, 31, of Palmerston North, was diagnosed about 10 years ago and began to worsen about five years ago.
She said that runs in her family – her father, grandfather, uncle and aunt died of motor neuron disease.
"I'm obviously worried about the next generation," Martin said of his four children.
She said she could not stand long periods and would tire easily.
"Especially when you're trying to run a home with children is extremely tiring."
Marilyn Merriman of Palmerston North, 70, discovered she had a motor neuron disease a year ago.
She now needs a wanderer to get around, but her husband, Ross, was pushing her into a wheelchair for the Sunday walk.
"I was so out of breath," Merriman said. "We used to go hiking for an hour, now we can not even do that."
She said it was good to meet other people who had the same problem.
More than 3,000 people in New Zealand have motor neuron disease and more than 100 people die each year.
New Zealand General Manager Carl Sunderland said: "With more people being diagnosed each year in New Zealand, we want to achieve those affections and provide the best support for people living with neuromotor diseases and their families" .
Half of the funds raised across the country were to support people with the disease and the other half sought a cure.