Welwyn Garden City mum takes on skydive despite suffering from cruel disease

PUBLISHED: 15:24 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:00 19 February 2018

Melanie and Michael Service with their daughter Emilie. Picture: Supplied.

Melanie and Michael Service with their daughter Emilie. Picture: Supplied.

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An adventurous Welwyn Garden City woman and her husband will be making their day count by leaping 10,000ft out of a plane, after she was diagnosed with a rare muscle-wasting condition.

Melanie and Michael Service with their daughter Emilie. Picture: Supplied.Melanie and Michael Service with their daughter Emilie. Picture: Supplied.

Melanie, 28, and Michael Service, 29, are taking on the challenge to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) by participating in the charity’s Make Today Count fundraising skydive.

In December 2016 Melanie was diagnosed with Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, which causes muscles to weaken and waste over time leading to disability.

Melanie has described the charity as being a great source of answers for the many questions she had following her diagnosis.

The mother, who can no longer lift her right arm above her head, said: “Tying my hair up is impossible, washing and drying my hair is a nightmare.

Melanie Service with her daughter Emilie. Picture: Supplied.Melanie Service with her daughter Emilie. Picture: Supplied.

“However I will not let this stop me doing anything, including crazy things like jumping out a plane.

“I continue to do everyday tasks as I don’t want to give in, I adapt instead.”

The couple are fearful that their two-year-old daughter Emilie, who currently shows no symptoms, may have inherited the disease from her mother.

Melanie added: “There is so much unknown in this condition, no one can predict how mild or severe your symptoms will be.

“Any donations or fundraising towards this condition would be fantastic, MDUK can only exist with everyone’s help.”

The couple hope to raise £1,500 before their skydive, which is taking place on March 3.

Money raised from the event will go towards helping scientists find treatments and cures, as well as providing essential support to families.

Zoe Walker, regional development manager, Muscular Dystrophy UK said: “Every year, brave individuals like Michael and Melanie make their day count by leaping 10,000ft out of a plane.

“By the time they both land, they would have funded nine hours of ground-breaking research.

“We think that’s amazing and we can’t thank her enough.”

To donate visit, Melanie and Michael’s page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/melanieservice

Find out more about Make Today Count www.musculardystrophyuk.org or phone Muscular Dystrophy UK’s fundraising hotline 0845 872 8058.

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