After eight years of helping the community, the Griffith Motor Neurone Disease Support Group is on the brink of collapse.
What started off as a group with dozens of volunteers has dwindled down to just seven active members, who are looking for people to join the committee to help keep the support group up and running.
As the numbers of members have gone down, the rates of MND have only continued to skyrocket; Griffith residents are seven times more likely to be struck down by the disease than the average Australian.
Griffith's epidemic has made national headlines, but unless the group manages to pull in a few more committee members the city's only MND support group will fold at their next AGM in September.
That's a scenario MND Support Group president Michelle Vearing is desperate to avoid; she's been passionate about helping other MND sufferers ever since her own mother was killed by the disease.
She works with the support group to make sure patients get the financial support they need, but Mrs Vearing also goes to extraordinary lengths to offer emotional support to the patients and their loved ones.
She's come to know almost all the MND suffers in Griffith and surrounding towns over the years, and she always makes time out of her day to offer a sympathetic ear to those who would otherwise suffer in silence.
"What we can offer is support, understanding, guidance, and just someone they can talk to that understands what they're going through," Mrs Vearing said.
"It's tough, it takes a lot out of you, but it's very rewarding."
It's become increasingly tough for the group as more and more people splinter off due to other commitments, which is why they're currently on the lookout for more people to join the team.
"With more and more MND patients being diagnosed in town we really need more help to support those patients," Mrs Vearing said.
The Griffith Motor Neurone Disease Support Group's next AGM will be at 6pm September 9 at the Southside Leagues Club.
Anybody who is interested in joining the group is welcome to come along.
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