Australian Sisters Ready for May EDS Awareness Month

AustraliaThese Australian sisters are promoting EDS awareness during the month of May.

By                       Stephanie Zevenbergen           Melton Weekly




MADDISON and Kayla Parker are determined to be heard this month.

The Caroline Springs sisters are speaking out to publicize Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a disability they both have.

Frustrated by a lack of recognition during last year’s official awareness month, the sisters have organized a range of activities in Melton this year.

Maddison, 10, and Kayla, 7, want to tell people about the syndrome, which affects joints and muscle strength and causes chronic pain and easily damaged, bruised skin.

Mum Kathy Parker says the girls organized a flag-raising ceremony at Caroline Springs library last week and a trivia night at Melton Community Hall on March 24.

They’ve even talked their dad into getting an EDS tattoo.”

“They designed an EDS flag and the Melton mayor will raise it with the girls and fly it for the month at Caroline Springs library,” Mrs Parker said.

“Every weekend they’ll have a stall at different shopping centers, where they will sell key rings, wristbands and things like that.”

Mrs Parker says the girls spend 60 per cent of each day in a wheelchair.

The sisters say they will keep raising awareness of the disability until there is an EDS clinic in Melbourne.

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