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Hereford woman raising funds in memory of her dad
Updated 10:37am Monday 10th March 2014 in News
A HEREFORD woman is taking on the disease that killed her dad by raising money for the charity looking for a cure.
Jade Marsh's dad Dylan Toney died in December, aged just 51, 10 days short of an 11-month battle with motor neurone disease (MND).
Jade has been raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association since her dad was diagnosed with the illness and has no intention of stopping any time soon.
Jade said: "He had a really aggressive form, but it took him away much quicker than I ever expected, or let myself believe.
"I'm still just as eager to raise money and awareness for MND, because I hate to think of other people going through this. I live in hope of a cure for so many other people suffering with this awful illness."
She is taking on the London Marathon on April 13 and has so far raised £5,719.
"This is an event that was booked long before dad died, and I had hoped that he would be there to support me on the day, but the sad reality is, I will now be doing it in his memory," Jade said.
MND is a fatal neurological disease that leaves people locked in a failing body, unable to move, walk, talk and eventually breathe.
There is currently no cure.
To support Jade's MND fundraising efforts visit justgiving.com/Jade-Marsh1
She is also raising money for St Michael's Hospice which supported her dad throughout his illness.
"Dad was admitted on December 13 and received the most outstanding care we could have wished for. All staff involved in his care worked endlessly to make him as comfortable as possible and I truly believe that because of their efforts, my dad had the most dignified death possible," Jade said.
"Myself, my mum, and dad's brother were also very well looked after by everyone there, making a terrible time much more bearable.
"When dad was alive he always spoke very highly of the hospice, and had the utmost respect for his consultant there."
To say thank you, Jade and her mum are taking part in a sponsored wing-walk on June 22 and are hoping to raise around £1,000.
They have personally funded the event so 100 per cent of money raised will go directly to the hospice.
It costs £12,000 per day to run the hospice and only approximately 10 per cent comes from statutory resources.
To sponsor their efforts, visit justgiving.com/Jade-Marsh2
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