July 6th, 2021
A Race Against Time
FROM LIVING THE DREAM TO LIVING WITH MND
It could be said that Noel Kavanagh has led many lives. His career as a vet, developer of animal vaccines, contributor to international publications and conferences would make for a full life, but this energetic, high achiever has done a lot more.
Living in Oldcastle, Co Meath, a multi-talented sportsman, he had successes in rugby, hockey, athletics, squash, golf, and racing motorcycles and Formula Ford cars competitively.
His interests have been shared with his wife Caroline, daughters Kirsten and Naomi and their families who have enjoyed many years of water sports on his series of boats. Holidays on the water in France and cruising from there to Italy and Mediterranean islands, as well as trips worldwide to watch rugby matches and speak at conferences have added to his rich life. He and his family share their amusing stories showing their appreciation of a life well lived.
What a tragedy then, for a man who has so much more to give, to have been struck down with Motor Neurone Disease. The diagnosis was made in 2018 on his 73rd birthday. He started to write the book then, and against all odds completed it in April 2021.
Now, coping with the challenges of this debilitating disease, with searing honesty, his book finishes with a sharing of these last three years. His voice may be gone, but he still has plenty to say. He is still alive.
Proceeds from the sale of this happy, yet heart-rending book, will go to support Research Motor Neurone (RMN).
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