32-county run for Motor Neurone Disease to pass through Roscommon

Following the death of his father John in January 2010 after a brave fight against Motor Neurone Disease, Jerry Twomey has challenged himself to complete a series of 10km runs to mark his late father’s birthday, while also raising awareness and funds for others affected by the disease.

During the month of July 2022, Jerry set out to complete a 10km run in all 32 counties in Ireland, with the 10km run in Roscommon taking place on Saturday, July 30th. The purpose of Jerry’s run is not just to honour his Dad, but more importantly, to raise awareness and much-needed funds for those suffering from Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

MND is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching the muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting. The charity Jerry is raising money for is the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA), whose aims include funding research and providing specialised services for people affected by this debilitating disease, such as equipment on loan, financial assistance towards home help, advice and home visits by a MND Nurse Specialist. In order to provide these vital services, the IMNDA depends heavily on the generosity of the public and friends of the association, as well as fundraising efforts such as this one.

“We met angels and helpers in many forms while Dad suffered his illness with dignity”, said Jerry. “The 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 was way beyond me. But 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 order to show support to everyone across the country who is, or has been, affected by this devastating disease”.

Keep an eye out for Jerry as he completes his challenge. If you fancy joining him for a kilometre or two along the way, he’d be very grateful for the company. Jerry is reaching out to everyone in the Motor Neurone Disease family and also to sports clubs, running clubs, and any other social groups to join him along the way – be it in their runners or on their bikes. Everyone is welcome.

To donate to the IMNDA, please go to idonate.ie/RunForJohn. For more information, or to follow the run, check out the hashtag #runningthecountry on Twitter and Instagram (@runforimnda), or visit the Facebook page. Contact Jerry directly via runforimnda@gmail.com.