MURRAY WILSON / STUFF
Patients and carriers of the motor neuron disease walked from Palmerston North Firearms to the square to support people suffering from illness.
A short stroll can feel like a marathon for those who suffer from motor neuronal diseases, so people in the streets have shown their support.
Sunday was held on Sunday across the nation's wake 2 D & L Feet motor neuronal disease, a day of awareness of muscle-related illness, which rob people of their movement and speech and is finally deadly.
Supporters and hospitals were affected by firearms from Palmerston North to the Square and back to raise awareness and research money to fund the drug.
Many were dressed in blue clothes, rounded up in the square, and then a fire truck.
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Kylie Martin, 31, from Palmerston North, was diagnosed about 10 years ago and began to deteriorate five years ago.
She said she was working in her family – father, grandfather, anus and aunt all died of motor neuronal disease.
"I'm obviously concerned about the next generation," Martin said of her four children.
She said she could not stand for long and easily tired.
"Especially when trying to run a household with kids it's extremely exhausting."
Marilyn Merriman, a 70-year-old Palmerston North, learns that he had a motor neuronal disease a year ago.
Now it takes a turn around, but her husband, Ross, was pushing a wheelchair for Sunday's stroll.
"I was just breathless," Merriman said. "We've been walking around for hours, now we can not even do that."
She said it was nice to meet other people who had the same problem.
More than 3,000 people in New Zealand have motor neuronal disease and every year more than 100 patients die.
Motor Neurone Disease New Zealand Director General Carl Sunderland said: "With more people diagnosed each year in New Zealand, we want to be able to reach these impacts and provide the best support to people living with motor neuronal diseases and their families."
Half of the funds raised across the country went to support people with this disease, and the other half went to research for treatment.