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Walk While You Can

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Walk While You Can

Type of Event : Walking
Where : Nationwide, Nationwide
When : 14th September 2019
Description :

Never one to be struck down by adversity, in July 2018 just a short few months after his diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease Fr Tony Coote and his incredible team walked over 550Km from Donegal to Cork. Thanks to Fr Tony and his unbelievable crew, they managed to raise a truly incredible €600,000 for Motor Neurone Disease. The proceeds were equally divided between the IMNDA and Research Motor Neurone. From these miraculous funds, we were able to employ a fourth nurse. This year, to honour Tony’s incredible achievement we are going to Walk While We Can once more. However, this year the format will be different. The IMNDA is organising 5K walks in various locations nationwide on Saturday 14th September. We want people from all over Ireland to join us and help keep the pilgrimage alive. We want to continue the fundraising fight that Tony started... wtach this space for more information on our WWYC 2019 events!

“Tony Coote is my name. On the Wednesday of the beginning of the recent snow in Ireland, I was told I had Motor Neurone Disease. Like others who have received such news, I was terrified and my body went into shock. Around this time someone asked me to remember that, ‘the diagnosis is not the prognosis’. I have repeated that in my head as a mantra every day. I have also committed myself to living each day, looking to the future and choosing to live rather than exist.   I am a priest in the Dublin Diocese working in Kilmacud and Mount Merrion parishes. I used to play squash twice a week and was always on the go thinking of the next plan and idea. This illness has slowed me up and for the first time since I was a child I fall over easily and have to watch the ground as I walk.   Since I was diagnosed I realised the only medication is 24 years old and that the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association can only provide three nurses for the whole country with just over 400 people living with this illness. Their salaries are paid for through fundraising.   Rather than just complaining about these facts I want to use my time and my voice to do something about it”   

Contact Information

Contact : Gemma or Jackie
Phone : 018730422