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NMO Ball raised £1000 towards NMO research !
An inspirational young Kingswinford woman who has battled against the odds to complete her teacher training has organised a fundraising ball to thank the charity that has helped her.
Ami Green suffers from a debilitating autoimmune condition called neuromyelitis optica (NMO), also known as Devic’s disease, which means her immune system attacks the optic nerves and spinal chord.
The disease, which resembles multiple sclerosis and which first struck Ami in her teens, has left the ambitious 23-year-old with no sight in her right eye and limited vision in her left after she suffered two devastating relapses in the last year.
Despite her problems, the plucky trainee teacher was determined to qualify for the career she has worked so hard for and managed to complete the final parts of her University of Worcester degree course by using a dictaphone.
She said: “I’m glad to have got through it. I had two relapses while doing my final dissertation so it was done by all ways and means.
“Some was dictated to support workers, some was done through tutor interviews and the last part was done on a dictaphone; the university said it was the most creative dissertation they’ve ever had.
“I just wasn’t prepared to do another year.”
Now a qualified teacher, gutsy Ami – who is confident her left eye will improve – ultimately hopes to find a full-time classroom position but has been advised to take some time out to recouperate.
In the meantime she has thrown herself into organising a charity ball in aid of Liverpool’s Walton Centre, one of only two centres in the country offering specialist treatment for people with NMO.
The fundraiser, which will include a disco, live band and buffet, will be held at the David Lloyd fitness centre in Brierley Hill on Friday October 21 and will be attended by a host of councillors and Dudley South MP Chris Kelly.
Ami from Bromley Lane said: “I’m trying to raise a bit of awareness about the condition – it’s so rare nobody’s heard of it; and I want to show that just because I can’t see doesn’t mean I can’t achieve.
“I’ve had to learn to use a long white cane but I do try and do things as much as I can – you can still do most things, just in different ways. I’ll get round it one way or another.”
The nmo ball was a huge success, a fab evening! Think we may do another next year as we really managed to raise a lot of awareness as well as funds xxx