Paul Lannon, who lives in Dunleer, has organised a 320km charity cycle called D2K Cycle which takes place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, with all proceeds raised going to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA).
Paul, along with a group of friends will cycle from Dunleer all the way to Kilkenny and is hoping to make this into an annual trip.
Paul, who is originally from Kilkenny but now lives in Dunleer with his wife Sandra, chose this charity as he himself was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in May 2011.
“Since my diagnosis I have had tremendous support from the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association,” the 41 year old told the Democrat.
“The IMNDA provides specialised services such as equipment on loan, financial assistance towards home help, advice and home visits by a MND Nurse Specialist.
“The association also funds research.”
For those who do not know what Motor Neurone Disease is, it is a neurological disease that involves your immune system killing off the neurons that carry the messages from the brain to the nervous system to activate the voluntary muscles such as arms and legs.
“It is a progressive neurological condition that leaves people unable to do the everyday things such as walking, talking and swallowing may become virtually impossible,” explains Paul.
“All proceeds from the event will go towards providing services for people affected by this debilitating disease.