Like me, Neale Daniher has Motor Neurone Disease (MND), also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
This weekend, Neale is spearheading a campaign to raise money for a cure. On Monday June 8th, several well-known footy personalities will be dunked in a giant pool of ice before a blockbuster Collingwood FC vs Melbourne FC game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
MND in Australia alone kills 2-3 people each day and they are replaced daily with others being diagnosed.
Neale calls it the BEAST. My neurologist, Professor Dominic Rowe, a leader in research for a cure at Macquarie University, calls it the BASTARD. Doctors, in university exit surveys, are known for voting MND the disease they would LEAST like to get.
MND kills most of those with it within 27 months of diagnosis. Death comes by the muscles wasting away until the person can no longer walk, talk, eat, or move any part of their body but the eyes, and then eventually, they can’t breath.
There is a cure, we just haven’t found it yet!
Personally I’m believing a cure will be found in the not-too-distant future. I think we can turn Motor Neurone Disease around.
Why is a cure so important?
I believe a cure is the best way we can honour those who have died of the disease before us. They courageously and valiantly faced their death. All those who have died from MND have somehow contributed to the cure of the future. Their death has motivated many to desperately and tirelessly work to find a cure today.
I think of those who can now give testimony of having been cured from cancer and at the same time, I think of those who, because of their death, are the reason we can celebrate that cure today.
Another reason I believe a cure is so important is that it aligns itself with the heart of God for humanity, a good God who desires for us to live life abundantly. Whenever anybody works to protect, provide and promote life, they work in line with the will and purpose of God for humanity.
I am throwing my full support behind Neale and his team to help raise as much awareness and funds as possible. If you would like to find out more or lend your support, you can visit www.freezemnd.com.