Former professional footballer for Altrincham FC, Mark Maddox will be taking part in the Liverpool Marathon on 14th October despite living with the disabling effects of motor neurone disease (MND).
After a summer of Paralympic success, Mark was inspired to take on the gruelling 26mile challenge that runs through the heart of Liverpool only19 months after finding out that he was living with MND.
For an athlete only in his late 30s, the news he was living with an incurable disease that could leave him unable to walk, talk or ultimately breathe was devastating.
Five people a day die in the UK from MND. It is a rapidly progressive and fatal disease that can affect any adult at any time.
Doctors have warned the father of three that due to the affects of the disease on his body mean that Mark’s chances of completing the marathon are severely stacked against him. But Mark has resolved that this will not stop him taking part, and 50 of his friends will join him in raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association on 14th October.
He said: “I am nervous about the marathon it is going to take a huge amount of effort to get me round the track. The doctors have made their views clear, but by hook or by crook I know my friends will keep me going”
The cause of MND is unknown and there is no cure. By taking part in this marathon, as crazy as it sounds, I will be raising funds for the MND Association to help them in their work towards a world free of this terrible disease.”The MND Association is the only national charity for MND in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and relies on voluntary donations. It dedicates a higher proportion of its income to MND-specific research than any other organisation.
With only a few days to go Marks said “The support of my friends is incredible, I have lifelong friends with me as well as members of my band ‘Last of a dying breed’ and team mates from my days at Altrincham running with me and the support of my partner Jayne and my 3 fantastic children will also be in attendance.
Look out for us in MND Association blue tee-shirts!”For more information about Mark’s band, please visit … follow on Twitter @lastofadying1… or support him on his Just Giving page. http://www.justgiving.com/MNDMerseyside
Taken from http://www.runliverpool.org.uk/blog/2012/10/