MURRAY WILSON / STUFF
Nurses from engine diseases and supporters went from Palmerston North Fire Station to the square to support people with the disease.
A short walk can feel like a marathon for those who suffer from motor neuron disease, so people hit the streets to show their support.
A National Walk 2 D Feet Motor Neuron Disease was held on Sunday, the awareness day of the muscular spread disease, which robs people of their motion and speech and is ultimately fatal.
Supporters and sufferers of the disease went from Palmerston North Fire Station to the square and back to raise awareness and money for research to fund a cure.
Many were dressed in blue dresses as they rounded the square, followed by a fire truck.
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Kylie Martin, 31, from Palmerston North, was diagnosed about 10 years ago, and began to worsen about five years ago.
She said it runs in her family – her father, grandfather, uncle and aunt had all died of motor neuron disease.
"I'm obviously worried about the next generation," said Martin of her four children.
She said she could not stand for long periods and tired easily.
"Especially when you try to drive a household with children it is extremely stressful."
Palmerston North's Marilyn Merriman, 70, learned that she had a motor neuronal disease a year ago.
She now needs a walkway to get around, but her husband Ross drove her in a wheelchair for Sunday's walk.
"I've just been so breathless," said Merriman. "We used to go for hours of walking, 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 neurons and more than 100 affected die every year.
Motor Neuron Disease New Zealand Secretary General Carl Sunderland said, "When more people are diagnosed each year in New Zealand, we want to reach those who influence and provide the best support for people living with motor neuron diseases and their families."
Half of the funds raised throughout the country went to support people with the disease and the other half went to investigations to cure.