A friend of mine is also supporting MNDA by climbing up Kilimanjaro in aid of her grandfather, her story is below.
In 1997 my Grandfather was taken ill. He was as fit and active man, once serving in the RAF as a physical training instructor and playing rugby professionally for the Saracens. It was not until December 2000, 3 years later, that he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Unfortunately he lost his fight shortly after diagnosis, passing away in April 2001.
Watching my grandfather deteriorate from an fit and healthy man to not be able to talk, walk or feed himself was extremely hard. It affected the whole family. My Grandmother became his career, they had to move from their family home to a bungalow and needed specialist equipment fitted to do the simplest of tasks. My Grandma needed support from the rest of the family as she could not drive, or, at a little 5’2”, move all 6 foot of my Granddad out of a chair or into the bath. It changed everything!
MND is a fairly unknown and misunderstood disease, it affects people in different ways, so no two people have exactly the same symptoms, but it is rapid, progressive and unfortunately fatal. The cause is unknown and there is no known cure!
So, I’m trekking Kilimanjaro, in his memory and to raise money for and awareness of MND. At 5895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level it’s the tallest mountain on the African continent and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. I will be starting the trek on 4th October 2012.
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Please support me on this challenge to raise funds for research, develop treatments, provide better care and equipment to help people living with MND.