Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Kinabalu trail named Dusty

Kota Kinabalu: One of the trails leading to Mount Kinabalu will be named Dusty's Trail as a tribute to the mother of Duchenne muscular dystrophy patient, Dusty Brandom's, global effort on battling the fatal disease.

His mother, Catherine Jayasuriya is the founder of Coalition Duchenne - a charity movement that aims to raise awareness and funds in search for a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy - an inherited disorder that involves muscle weakness, which quickly gets worse.

According to Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun on Sunday the Ministry has decided to name a trail after Brandom, as a recognition of his mother's work, which has indirectly promoted Sabah to the world.

"For Sabah, Coalition Duchenne has managed to hit their goals, while they had indirectly made Sabah known to the eyes of the world," he said during an appreciation dinner for the Coalition Duchenne - Mount Kinabalu third expedition.

Jayasuriya, who is a Sabahan and the daughter of former Malaysian High Commissioner to Canada, Tan Sri Thomas Jayasuriya, initiated the expedition to collect funds for researchers who are working on a cure.

However, Masidi said plans to unveil the trail will likely be held during the Coalition's fourth expedition next year, adding that Sabah Parks is in the midst of identifying the trail.

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