John Richardson was my dad. He was a man who never stood still, always doing something, always positive.
He lived with Motor Neurone disease for almost 8 years until it took him as it does with everybody diagnosed with it. Motor Neurone Disease is incurable. It slowly takes away your ability to use your legs and arms, your speech, your ability to eat and take care of yourself. All this time you still have all your senses and intellect so are fully aware of your progressive physical degeneration. It is such a cruel disease for those suffering from it but also for their family and friends looking after them. York Action on Motor Neurone Disease provided invaluable support with my father’s care that meant he received all the support to make his life as normal and comfortable as possible.The support and advice my family received was invaluable. They helped us to get to the right people in the local health authority so that my dad’s changing needs were always sorted as quickly as possible. I cannot thank them highly enough.
John never lost his sense of humour or his positive attitude to do as much as possible until it became beyond him physically. Any discomfort in running a marathon will be nothing compared to what he, or any other MND sufferer, experience everyday.

It would mean a great deal to all of John’s family and friends if you could dig deep and help the fantastic work York Against Motor Neurone Disease so they can continue helping others and support the search for a cure to this condition. If you can only afford a quid that will be great, don’t forget to gift aid.

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