Former professional footballer for Altrincham FC, Mark Maddox will be taking part in Sunday’s London Marathon despite living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
For an athlete just turned 40, the news he was living with an incurable disease that will leave him unable to walk, talk eat or ultimately breathe was devastating for him and his young family.
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 it means 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 to raise awareness and funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association on 21st April
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, Look out for us in MND Association blue tee-shirts!”
The MND Association is the only national charity for MND in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and relies on voluntary donations. Mark is part of the Merseyside Branch.
For more information about Mark Maddox, please follow @lastofadying1 email@example.com
Best of Luck to you Mark – all of us will be cheering you on and wishing you the best!!
If this isn’t news worthy I don’t know what is!