But we cannot lose sight of the bigger picture. We must do so much more than just being there for people with MND today. We have to fight even harder to discover treatments that work – and one day, find a cure.
This means we depend, even more than ever, on you.
In the past decades, thanks to the kindness of the donations and the tireless work of scientists, MND research has gone from strength to strength. This year, we had more exciting new projects than ever applying for our funding - and any one of them could hold the promise of a treatment.
That's why is it so cruel that the income shortfall caused by Covid-19 could prevent us investing in more of them.
This is a crucial time for MND research, and we must push ahead if we're to make new breakthroughs. That's why I am adamant: we cannot let the momentum slip in 2021. It would be a disastrous setback for the science, as we look to bring good news and hope to everyone who faces this horrible disease in the future.
Take the MIROCALS project that Professor Janine Kirby is working on, for example. Thanks to gifts from people like you, it’s finding promising results for a drug called Interleukin-2, which could offer hope of slowing the progression of MND.
Then there’s the research we’re funding into personalised therapies for MND – using a different mix of drugs for every individual person, which could hold another key to an effective treatment.
I cannot bear the thought of projects like these losing funding – or of bright new ideas going to waste, because researchers can’t get the money they need to pursue them.
This pandemic has thrown so much into doubt. But today, you can help turn the tide. You can make sure more cutting-edge research continues – and gets us closer to a breakthrough.
You’ve done so much for people living with MND. I am so inspired to be part of this community with you. And on behalf of the MND Association, I’m asking you to give what you can this Christmas – because together, we can do so much more. If we continue standing together, a better future for people living with MND is possible.
Thank you – and on behalf of all of us here, I wish you and your family a peaceful festive season.
Chief Executive, MND Association