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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

Sta­tis­tics show MND, also known as amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis (ALS), nor­mally strikes peo­ple aged 50 to 70, but cur­rently the youngest suf­ferer in the UK is just 23.

Av­er­age life ex­pectancy af­ter the on­set of symp­toms is just two to five years, as there is no cure and no treat­ment.

The cause is still un­known and there are some 5,000 peo­ple liv­ing with the dis­ease at any one time in the UK alone.

Ev­ery day, three peo­ple in the UK die from MND and an­other three are di­ag­nosed with it.

Pub­lic fig­ures with the dis­ease in­clude pro­fes­sor Steven Hawk­ing, who has as­ton­ish­ingly been liv­ing with the dis­ease for some 40 years, and Hol­ly­wood ac­tor David Niven who died from MND in 1983.

To do­nate to the Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion, or to vol­un­teer your time to help the char­ity, call 01604 611860.

For help and ad­vice on cop­ing with the dis­ease, call 08457 626262 or visit www.mn­das­so­ci­a­tion.org

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