From left are Martha Guiry with son Tomás, daughter Fiona and daughter-in-law Aoife before presenting the cheque to staff in the IMNDA office.

Tomás runs 260k in Motor Neurone Disease fundraiser

MAYO native Tomás Guiry this week presented staff at the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) with an incredible cheque for €13,805.66.

The Foxford local ran fifty-two 5k races in 2017 to raise the much needed funds for the charity.

Tomás chose to undertake this mammoth challenge as his aunt Breda Cherakai sadly passed away from Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Tomás and his mother Martha want to say a massive heartfelt thanks to all the Foxford community and everyone who supported Tomás along the way. He took on runs right across the county, country and even the globe.

He clocked over 52 hours running and was joined by 313 others along the way.

This marathon man’s mammoth effort has raised vital funds which will go a long way to help those living with MND.

MND is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.

MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. However, not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order.

Tomás chose to support the IMNDA because of the support his aunt received during her illness. The IMNDA is the only organisation of its kind in this country. It was set up in May 1985 to provide care and support to people with Motor Neurone Disease, their carers, families and friends.

MND is often referred to as the 1,000 day disease as most people die within 1,000 days of being diagnosed. There are currently over 370 people living with MND in Ireland, 17 of whom are in Mayo.

The IMNDA provides specialised services for people affected by this debilitating disease such as equipment on loan, financial assistance towards home help, advice and home visits by their three MND nurses. In order to provide these vital services the IMNDA depends heavily on the generosity of the public and supporters of the association who generate over 82% of its income.