Jess Moore would do anything to take away her father’s “devastating” diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease.
When she slides into a pool of ice-cold water at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday on behalf of Big Freeze, Newcastle patron Phil Camden, it will be to “turn pain into purpose”.
“I think that helps anyone in a hard situation,” Ms Moore, who is also on the event’s organising committee, said.
“In the beginning it’s hard to find that, but now I’m passionate about other families not having to go through it because we believe there is a cure and Fight MND is looking for a cure.”
Mr Camden, 58, was diagnosed with the incurable degenerative disease five years ago. At the time he was told he would have 12 to 18 months to live.
“When dad got sat down, he got told there’s nothing you can do. He got told, ‘Go tell your family there’s nothing we can do’,” Ms Moore said.
“One day, our dream is other people will be sat down and told, ‘It’s terrible but we’ve got this’ or ‘We can do this’, because right now there’s nothing. You go home and feel like there’s nothing you can do.”
Big Freeze, Newcastle is modelled on the MCG event and gets underway from 2.30pm on Saturday. This year there will be 23 sliders from the community, including Ms Moore.
“I really didn’t plan on sliding. We started meeting and chatting about sliders for this year,” she said.
“Dad can’t slide and I went home one night and said, ‘I could slide on his behalf I guess’. He was like, ‘I never thought you’d ask’.
“It feels good to do something. I feel like I would do anything, so sliding into a pool of ice is nothing really.”
Each slider has committed to raising $5000 for Fight MND. This year’s goal of $150,000 has already been passed for Big Freeze, Newcastle.