The Sunday Game Presenter Michael Lyster was joined in Croke Park by motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer Paul Lannon and friends sporting their county colours to encourage others from across Ireland to abseil 100ft off the Hogan Stand in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA).
Paul who is 43 and from Co Kilkenny was as diagnosed with MND in 2011. It takes a lot of courage to live with MND and Paul wants people to have a little courage and take that leap of faith on Saturday 12th of October to raise funds and awareness for people with motor neurone disease. Michael Lyster and good friend to the late Colm Murray wants people to support a cause close to his heart.
MND is a progressive neurological condition that leaves people unable to do the everyday things that the rest of us take for granted. Walking, talking and swallowing may become virtually impossible. MND strikes people of all ages and there is no cure. There are currently over 300 people living with MND in Ireland. MND is often referred to as the 1,000 day disease as most people die within 1,000 days of being diagnosed.
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 MND Nurse Specialists. 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 84% of its income.
Since 2009, over 200 thrill seekers have completed this challenge with the numbers growing each year and an outstanding €135,000 has been raised. If you would like the chance to wear your county colours in Croke Park and take part in this unique challenge please freefone 1800 403 403 or email for more information. This event is in association with www.adventure.ie