Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease 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.
• MND is a fatal, rapidly progressive disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
• It attacks the nerves that control movement; people can still think and feel, but their muscles refuse to work.
• It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk, and eventually, breathe.
• It affects people from all communities.
• It kills five people every day in the UK, half within 14 months of diagnosis.
• It affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.
• It has no cure.
Although there is currently no cure for MND, symptoms can be managed to help people achieve the best possible quality of life.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.
Our mission is to improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers.
We fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to a cure for MND.
We campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND and everyone who cares for them are recognised and addressed by wider society.
People with MND, their families and carers are at the heart of everything we do.
We collaborate, and value everyone’s contribution.
We achieve excellence through personal commitment and ongoing improvement.
We respect and respond to people’s diverse needs, backgrounds and views.
We achieve our aims through building open and transparent relationships.
Volunteers from all over the world have joined the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has been great for raising funds for our world-class research and support for people living with this disease and their families. In a short time the Ice Bucket Challenge has also massively increased awareness of this devastating disease.
As the cold weather starts rolling in, there are many other (drier and warmer!) ways to support us: http://www.mndassociation.org/get-involved