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21/6/15: Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín was among more than 200 people who joined Michaela Hollywood, a 25-year-old Downpatrick woman with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), as she completed her one-of-a-kind marathon for Muscular Dystrophy UK, with the final mile at Stormont.
Michaela took on her marathon in memory of her sister Martina, who also had the condition and sadly passed away in 1997, aged just 14 years old.
SMA affects nerve cells in the spinal cord, affecting movement and in some cases, breathing. Michaela battled through recovery from a life-threatening bout of pneumonia in order to tackle her challenge, part of Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Move a mile for muscles summer fundraising campaign.
The event will help fund Muscular Dystrophy UK’s work supporting 70,000 families in the UK living with SMA and other muscle-wasting conditions and funding groundbreaking treatment research. Picture: Michael Cooper