In September 2001, Ann Whiteman – successful Western Australian businesswoman, wife of Ross Whiteman and mother to David and Mark – began her battle with MND. After nine months, Ann lost her battle and passed away at the Mount Hospital in Perth at 7pm on Friday 31st May 2002.
Until Ann’s diagnosis, MND was completely unknown to the Whiteman family; however, before her passing, Ann made it clear that she wanted the family to do something about MND, and to support people living with the disease, and their families. Ann’s wishes drove the Whiteman family to get behind various MND fundraising efforts and in particular, the MNDAWA. Ross and David served as President and Vice President respectively for some 14 years, whilst Mark became a key financial supporter through the Ray White Group, where he is CEO in Western Australia, and through his business affiliations.