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Help JHD Help MND

My good friend Justin Hostettler-Davies (JHD) aka @JHDAVIES , the same JHD who recently scaled Kilimanjaro, is on the fund raising trail again.  I hope you can help him.

Justin with his mountain climbing experience behind him is continuing with his endurance events, he is running the London Marathon this year in support of the MND Association. Rather than ask you to help myself,  I think I’ll let Justin tell you his sad story:

“Early in 2011, a life-long (over 20 years) friend of mine was cruelly diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. He is only 35 years old and a father of two.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones. Degeneration of the motor neurones leads to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing. Life expectancy is between six months and three years from onset of symptoms.

My friend should be enjoying his young family life but instead he is battling every day to conquer this terrible disease.

My challenge this year is to run the London Marathon 2012 in order to raise vital funds for the MND Association (reg charity no 294354) in an attempt to help make the lives of sufferers and their families a little bit more comfortable in the limited time they have and also to assist with vital research and trials.
If you are in a position to help in any way, via donations or auction/raffle prizes I would be most grateful.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JustinTakesOnLondon

For more info on MND please visit http://www.mndassociation.org/

Thanks

Justin”

If you can help Justin in anyway, through sponsorship or donation (please use this link http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JustinTakesOnLondon) or  even if its just a re-tweet of this post to raise awareness of his efforts I think Justin and the MND Association would appreciated it.

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