MND is Motor Neurone Disease, or ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It doesn’t matter what you call it you don’t want it. Normal healthy fit people exactly like you get MND. It strikes indiscriminately, at any time with no proven explanation.
MND is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable us to move, speak, breathe and swallow undergo degeneration and die. A person’s senses and intellect are not affected.
MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease. There is no known treatment or cure. Each day, in Australia, more than two people die from MND and each day and more than two people are diagnosed with MND. More alarmingly, the death rate for MND in Australia has risen 250%.
In 1985, MND killed one in 500 Australians. In 2011, it killed one in 180 Australians. If you were sitting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground at capacity, more than 550 people around you will die from MND.
MND research is a cause that is very close to the heart of NSW firefighter Matt Pridham, as best friend Adam Regal was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and given a very short life expectancy.
“Ten years ago we lost an uncle to MND. He was the first to be diagnosed in our family. He passed away just 18 months later. My father in 2011 was going through the process of seeing the doctors. From then, he was downhill straight away. It was just over 12 months before he passed away. And then not even twelve months later, I was hit with the same trap.” Adam Regal
Adam, a loving husband and father of two, has pledged to raise as much money and awareness for this disease as possible. The Firefighters Climb for MND began in 2015 in honour of Adam and all other families in Australia living with MND, with a pledge to do everything possible to find the next MND breakthrough.