YOUNG MUDDERS: Joe Maas, They Hughes, Lane Poke and Tyler Kildee participate in the Mud Run Emerald.
YOUNG MUDDERS: Joe Maas, They Hughes, Lane Poke and Tyler Kildee participate in the Mud Run Emerald. Contributed

Mud Run Emerald brings in the money

WITH a freezing cold ice bath, sloppy mud pits and climbing obstacles galore - the Mud Run Emerald was a hit with locals on the weekend.

Six hundred people hit the muddy track on Saturday for the mud run, and among them was 11-year-old Joe Maas.

Joe took home the highest fundraiser prize after raising $1430.

He and three friends donned camouflage outfits and took on the challenges the muddy obstacle course delivered.

The Denison State School student decided to raise funds for the event following the removal of a paraganglioma found after he was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic disease, SHD, which causes the adrenaline-producing tumours to grow.

Joe had a tumour removed from his stomach in October last year.

 

"I was invited to do the run for free with three of my friends because of the tumour, and because I didn't pay to get in, I decided I would fundraise instead," Joe said.

"So our goal was only $200, and Mum started off with $50 - I would check it after school and it just kept getting higher and higher."

 

Joe said he felt happy with how much money he had raised, and his mum Sue said she was very proud.

"The neighbourhood centre… certainly showed their support while we were in Brisbane - we know they are special and they look after people in the community, so it was our chance to give back," she said.

"When you go through something like this it is a bit scary and Joe has obviously taken a fair bit to come back from with the stress of tumours.

"To have this opportunity has been really great for all the boys to challenge themselves, set a goal and finish it."

The tumour, which was the size of an egg, saw Joe out of action for more than a month, as he received tests, radioactive treatment and a day-long operation.

"It is a very rare genetic condition that he got from his lovely mother," Sue said.

"The tumours are very slow-growing and because it is genetic, they can keep reappearing.

"The thing that makes it a little bit dramatic is they are adrenaline producing tumours, so as well as the pain, he also had four times the normal levels of a type of adrenaline - so he had trouble sleeping and was quite hyperactive."

Total funds raised from the events are unknown, but the online fundraising campaign has raised a whopping $9620.

The highest fundraising team title went to the Belyando Barbies who banked $2820.

Organisers Laura Clarke and Kirsty Appleton said they were excited to see if they reached their goal this year.

"The management team is confident that the fundraising goal of $50,000 is on target and it is with much anticipation and excitement that we consolidate our final budget over the next fortnight," they said.

Highest total fundraisers

1. The Belyando Barbies - $2820

2. Joe Maas - $1430

3. Committed 2b a dirty diva - $1208

4. Muddy Truckers - $750

5. Ange Hutchinson - $490


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