Last month we heard from one of our community, RalphWaldoEllison (John), whose adult son, Tony Conway, has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, the same strain of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) that claimed Jimmy Johnstone almost six years ago.
Tony, John and their families now live in the United States, but they, along with Tony’s brother Martin, are travelling to Scotland this weekend to watch Celtic play Dundee United. They will be here for a total of around 48 hours but I will get a chance to meet them and they are going to the game with Jinky’s son, James Johnstone.
I spoke to James last month and he relayed Jinky’s strong views on research into MND. The fight against this disease will be won one day but there is a great deal of research and political effort required before then. Tony has committed himself to this end.
This morning James Johnstone told me: “My Dad was my hero and I took great pride in the way he fought this horrible disease, it’s great to see the same attitude in Tony. I know how much my Dad loved the Celtic fans and his answer to this would be to help get a cure for MND. Hail, hail.”
I encourage you to visit Tony’s blog dontshrink.com, learn about the condition and leave him a message of support. The Celtic Movement began by putting food in front of hungry children 124 years ago and it remains one of the most able forces for good in the land. We can pick up this challenge.
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