The following was taken from the JustGiving page set up by Ha Ngo:
I have just lost a very good friend of mine, Tony Wicks, to Motor Neurone Disease (MND). It is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It leaves people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk, swallow and eventually breathe. It is a heart-breaking, agonising, and horrendous experience for any patient and their loved ones.
Tony was diagnosed with MND last summer. Before that, he worked for NHS Blood & Transplant for 19 years. His biggest loves were his family, job, music (especially the Beatles and the Saw Doctors), cricket, table tennis, and travelling. He was very well-loved by all who knew him for his kind heart, dedication and witty, dry sense of humour. Throughout his fight against MND, Tony always stayed strong-spirited and incredibly inspirational to everyone around him.
Up to 5000 people are now fighting MND at various stages. Each and every day 6 people are diagnosed with this disease, and 6 more die from it. It kills a third of people within a year and more than half within 2 years of diagnosis. Sadly, there is NO CURE at the moment.
I will have my 33+ inches long hair cut in hope of raising some funds for the MND Association to contribute to their research for a cure, while my actual hair will be donated to Little Princess Trust to make wigs for young cancer patients. I will give updates once I have my hair cut and sent off.
I hope you will also help me to raise awareness of this terrible disease and what we can do to help people diagnosed with it. Please visit the MND Association website for more information.
The good news is that the total fund will be matched by my Company up to £500. Therefore the more we contribute, the more money we can raise towards this cause.
If you are UK taxpayers, please remember to tick Gift Aid box, your donation will be worth an extra 25% for people affected by MND at no extra cost to you.
Many thanks in advance for your kindness and generosity.
Please go to the JustGiving page if you would like to contribute.