Cycle for Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association

Hi , My Father (David Quirke) passed away on May 10th 2020 at the age of 78 from Motor Neuron Disease . Dad was diagnosed in Octonber 2019 in Beaumont Hospital and after the diagnosis we engaged with The Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association.  The 8 months between his diagnosis and his passing were very difficult for our family but particularly difficult for Dad himself. The muscles around his lungs began to fail and he was not able to breathe without the help of a ventilator 24 / 7 for the last few months as his body basically started to shut down in front of us all. He was fully aware all the way through of what was happening to himself and this made it even tougher to watch unfold.  We received massive help from the team at IMNDA from the very first day of Dad's diagnosis. They helped us with equipment to help care for Dad at home right until the last 8 weeks when he had to go into a hospice. They advised us how to access local  Primary Healthcare serivces and the IMNDA nurses visited Dad regularly even coming from Dublin to our family home in Tipperary on more than one occasion.

Motor Neuron Disease is a terminal disease with no known cure. It affects approx 400  to 500 people in Ireland at any given time. I'm hoping this fundraiser will help to generate income to help the IMNDA fund research and also help to fund the support of existing cases of Motor Neuron Disease to help families like ours go through the difficult journey .

The plan  for the fundraiser is to cycle 1000km completing 50km every day for 20 days in a row starting on July 12th right up to July 31st.  I'd love it if people around the country would also take on this challenge and do the 50km cycles in their own localities. If you can't commit to the full 20 days  try to do 1, 2 or as many 50km cycles as you can commit to between July 12th and 31st to support the IMNDA.  

Thanks for your support and if anyone wants to call me to join this  worthy cause please contact me through this GoFundMe channel.

Thanks Alan Quirke

Donations

  • John McCormack 
    • €50 
    • 10 hrs
  • Bernie Capraro  
    • €20 
    • 12 hrs
  • Declan Browne 
    • €100 
    • 12 hrs
  • Jim Smith 
    • €50 
    • 15 hrs
  • Micheal Gleeson 
    • €50 
    • 16 hrs
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Organizer

Alan Quirke 
Organizer
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