After a long battle with Motor Neuron Disease, the former race car driver Neil Cunningham died at the age of 52 in 2016. MND affects more men than women; this disease happens when motor neurons in both the spinal cord and brain stop functioning properly. Diagnosed in 2011, Mr. Cunningham focused first on his health and then became active in fundraising to help others combat this disease.
Symptoms Became Apparent
Neil Cunningham was a very successful British GT race car driver. He also performed stunts for the popular Top Gear television series. Neil started to see symptoms while working on Top Gear. As the disease progressed, he was no longer able to perform even the most basic activities. For a while, he tried to ignore the symptoms, but there came a day when he had to confront his fears. With the support of his family and friends, Neil visited a doctor.
Facing the Situation
When Neil was diagnosed with MND in 2011, he could not speak about his health. Then in 2013, Neil revealed his dismay at having a disease that had no cure. It was a very traumatizing period in his life, but Mr. Cunningham was able to quickly pick himself up and begin to talk about his health more openly in the hope of helping others.
Neil Cunningham decided to use his celebrity to inform people about this horrible disease and to raise money to help others who were battling it. This professional racing star hosted several charity events that raised money for MND as well as other diseases. At one particular event, he was able to raise more than 160,000.00 Euros.
Neil Cunning initially setup Racing4MND as a fundraising website that accepted donations for MND research. His hope was that through funding, researchers would find a cure for this fatal disease.
Mr. Cunningham’s Legacy Lives on
Even though Neil Cunningham is no longer with us, his legacy continues. Websites have been established to encourage dohttp://www.heatonellistrust.com/nations for MND research. “Remembering Neil Cunningham” is a Justgiving web site created in 2016. Donations are made to Neil’s favorite MND Foundation, The Heaton Ellis Trust.
The only way we will find a cure for MND is thru research. And research requires a lot of money for paying salaries, establishing trials, and creating medications. Let’s hope that a cure for this horrible disease is found soon.