Editorial August 28 2018

Author Shannon L. Alder once said “carve your name on hearts, not tombstones”.

“A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you,” the author added.

Adam Regal has carved his name onto many a heart.

The story of the Flinders man will stand the test of time.

Adam’s work to raise money to find a cure for the neurological disease that has taken a hefty toll on his family will live on long after Adam’s passing last week.

Motor Neurone Disease not only took Adam’s life but it also took the life of his father and uncle.

The Firies Climb for MND charity event he helped establish has raised valuable funds in the fight to find a cure for MND.

On October 20, many firefighters from across the state will again climb the Sydney Tower Eye to raise funds for this year’s event.

The climb itself is no mean feat.

Firefighters climb the 98 storeys or 1504 stars of the Sydney Tower Eye wearing full structural firefighting ensemble and air sets with a combined weight of 20 kilograms.

Some of those participants will travel to Kiama on Friday to attend Adam’s funeral.

The family has asked in lieu of flowers that family and friends donate to Team Regal via the Firies Climb for MND website.

Adam’s childhood friend from Kiama Matt Pridham, a Sydney firefighter, summed up his mate’s legacy beautifully.

“Adam made a huge contribution in the fight against MND – inspiring thousands to become involved in the Firies Climb,” Matt said.

“He was also a pillar of strength and support to many other MND patients around Australia who reached out to him because of his positivity, and how realistic he was about coping with the disease.

“His legacy will create powerful change in the future of this disease. We will continue to fight in his honour.”

That is a legacy.

A legacy carved on hearts.

You can donate via firiesclimbformnd.gofundraise.com.au/page/Regal