A man who lost his father to Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is to include Donegal in his 32-county fundraising run.
In 2010, John Twomey lost his fight to the incurable, crippling disease.
Now, his son Jerry Twomey has decided to set himself a challenge to mark John’s birthday this year.
During the month of July, he will set out to complete a 10km run in all 32 counties in Ireland. The run is to honour his Dad, but more importantly to raise awareness and much needed funds for MND.
He plans to run the 10 KM in Donegal on Friday, July 22nd
“We met angels and helpers in many forms while dad suffered his illness with dignity,” Jerry explains.
“The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) was of immeasurable support to us and are an endlessly worthy charity to go the distance for.
“I have been training hard since January and at times I felt that completing this challenge is way beyond me.
“What better way to honour the memory of my brilliant dad than to face a challenge bigger than I feel possible. I also wanted to do something in every county in Ireland in support of everyone who is, or has been, affected by this devastating disease.”
Please keep an eye out for Jerry pounding the streets; he’d be very grateful for the company if you fancy joining him for a kilometre or two along the way.
Jerry is reaching out to everyone in the MND family, and also sports clubs, running clubs, and social groups to join him along the way, in their runners or on their bikes – everyone is welcome.
“With company the run feels half as long and twice as easy” he adds.
“I would be delighted to hook up and run with people wherever they are. Just get in touch and I will do my best to be there”
To donate to the IMNDA please go to www.idonate.ie/RunForJohn
For more info, or to follow the run, check out the hashtag – #runningthecountry on Twitter and Instagram (@runforimnda).
There’s a Facebook page too, and you can contact Jerry on email@example.com