Mike said: “I am overwhelmed by the support of so many people who have helped raise such a tremendous amount of money, and have also helped to raise much-needed awareness of MND disease which has no treatment and no cure.
“Typical of the support my fund has received is Mike Oakes who was diagnosed with MND a year ago and this week Mike presented my fund with a cheque for £14,635.13.” This money was raised by Mike’s family and friends who organised and took part in a golf day and Steve Fox’s coast-to-coast bike ride (£10,428.30) sponsored walk by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council Staff (£1305) coast-to-coast (£927) half marathon by Robbie Taylor (£452) Saltburn golf club donation (£200) Alaska to Argentina bike ride by Andrew Varga (£1322.83.)
Mike Findley said: “I’ve only known Mike Oakes since he was first diagnosed a year ago. He is a great inspiration for the way he has carried on despite having to deal with the problems that come with having MND. He has been well supported by his wife Helen, his family, and his large circle of friends, but most importantly he has become a great friend.”
It seems that motor neurone disease is increasing amongst mainly men in their 40s/50s throughout Cleveland and the north-east. This is why it’s so important not only to raise money for research and to help local people suffering with the disease, but to make as many people as possible, aware of motor neurone disease and the effect it has on the individual and their family and friends.