Published on: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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 State 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.
Jayasuriya, who was overwhelmed by the tribute described the move as a testimony of the caring nature of Sabahans, adding that the Coalition would continue its expeditions as new people keep coming in to participate in the said expedition.
In the Coalition's latest attempt 85 participants from ten countries took part in the expedition, from Aug 16 to 18.
On another note, Masidi said Sabah has only identified two Duchenne patients, one from Menggatal and another from Kota Kinabalu. He also said without Coalition Duchenne the public would not have been aware of the disease.