Rare debilitating condition doesn't stop these brothers

Fitness enthusiasts still keep active despite disease that affects mobility

Siblings Eugene (far left), a commando during his national service, and Kenneth Tan, a former naval diving officer, were diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia years ago. Despite being unable to walk long distances without help now, the sibling
Siblings Eugene (left), a commando during his national service, and Kenneth Tan, a former naval diving officer, were diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia years ago. Despite being unable to walk long distances without help now, the siblings refuse to be beaten. Eugene now plays competitive darts while Kenneth is pursuing his love for art. ST PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO
Siblings Eugene (far left), a commando during his national service, and Kenneth Tan, a former naval diving officer, were diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia years ago. Despite being unable to walk long distances without help now, the sibling
Besides staying active through sports like swimming, cycling and darts to maintain their mobility, Eugene (left) and Kenneth also rely on physical therapy, which includes massages to stimulate inactive muscles. ST PHOTOS: DESMOND FOO
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Six years ago, brothers Kenneth and Eugene Tan - who have completed countless marathons and adventure races between them - could easily finish a 2.4km run in under 10 minutes.

Now, former naval diving officer Kenneth Tan, 30, and Mr Eugene Tan, 28, who was a commando during his national service, are unable to walk long distances without help.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 17, 2018, with the headline Rare debilitating condition doesn't stop these brothers. Subscribe