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. Healthy, fit people exactly like you can get MND. It’s a progressive, terminal neurological disease that strikes indiscriminately. There is no known treatment or cure.
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.
Each day in Australia, more than two people die from MND and another two people are diagnosed with MND. More alarmingly, the death rate for MND in Australia has risen 250% in the past few years.
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.