You can’t just take your family to the dentist when you’re ill, and you can’t afford to go to a dental hygenic school.
That’s why Trinity High School dental hygenist, school boy and dental hygiene student Anthony McElroy, decided to take matters into his own hands.
He enrolled at a school near where he grew up, Trinity Junior College, to save money.
He’s now paying off the school and will start work at the school in April.
“I want to pay my way through university so I can have a future and a better future,” McElry said.
McElroy was born with a rare form of the inherited condition called Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The disorder causes muscular dystrophies, which can be fatal if left untreated.
The family has struggled for years, losing jobs and having to take on a mortgage for school.
But it’s not just financial struggles that have put them in financial difficulty.
“It’s the stress of living in the middle of nowhere,” McEllroy said.
His mother was also suffering from the condition.
“She’s been living with it and I’m just trying to do what I can to get her through this,” he said.
He decided to attend Trinity Junior in April because it’s near his family’s home.
“My dad has a few other jobs and I think that helps me,” he explained.
The school has a long history in the area and has a small but thriving community.
McEllry is looking forward to working with other students who are suffering from Duchennie and Duchennics.
“You need to put yourself in the shoes of someone who’s on the front line of fighting it,” he added.
“If you have someone in the back line of trying to help you, that’s something you can do.”
Duchenne is a form of muscular dystonia that can cause severe muscle spasms and can affect people’s ability to walk, talk and move.
It affects 1 in every 4 people in the world, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
The condition affects up to 30,000 Australians and can be life-threatening.
It’s estimated to affect about 100,000 people worldwide.