Dumfries and Galloway MP Richard Arkless, who recently lost his mother to MND, is asking his constituents to help Cure the disease.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing terminal neurological condition which affects the signals from your brain reaching muscles, causing muscle weakness and wasting. It can affect the ability to eat, sleep, walk, talk and breathe unaided. Average life expectancy from diagnosis is just 14 months and it is not yet known what causes it. There is no effective treatment or cure and the rates in the South West are way higher than the national average.
Funding MND research is a key priority for MND Scotland who have announced an additional £450,000 in to research projects and are highlighting what could be achieved with more investment in to MND research.
Commenting, Richard said:
“MND has affected people across Dumfries and Galloway, it took my mother and other people I knew locally. MND Scotland provides care and support to people affected by the illness alongside cutting edge research to try and find a cure.
“Scotland is fast becoming one of the go to places to conduct MND research and MND Scotland’s Awareness Week campaign aims to raise £15,000 to invest in to further research projects.
“I am delighted to support MND Scotland and their Awareness Week goal of raising more money to invest in this critical research.”
MND Scotland Chief Executive Craig Stockton said:
“MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness with no effective treatment and no cure. During MND Awareness Week 2016 we want to increase public awareness and understanding of MND. Funding for MND Research continues to be a priority for MND Scotland but with additional support we can do more! Text CUREMND to 70660 to donate £5 to MND Scotland.
“Join the MND fight today and help us create a world without MND tomorrow.”