Welcome to deterMND. deterMND has been established on behalf of Anto Finnegan, former Antrim Gaelic football captain, after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in August 2012. The aims of deterMND are very simple-
1. Raise awareness of MND through organised events and press coverage
2. Raise funds for the MND Association for research and patient care
3. Raise funds for the deterMND (Anto Finnegan)
MND is a neurological condition for which there is no cure, with an average prognosis of 2-5 years after diagnosis. The disease causes motor neurons to stop functioning, meaning signals fail to reach their intended muscles. This causes the muscles to waste and die, leading to complete immobility. Senses such as sight, hearing and touch remain unaffected.
Since 2013 deterMND has raised in excess of £400,000 for MND research. In 2015 & 2016 we made donations to Project MinE, which focuses on the sequencing of DNA in order to identify and ultimately treat faulty genes associated with MND. Our latest donation was to Duke University in North Carolina, a research project looking at drugs already approved for treating other conditions and their potential for treating MND. We have also made donations to Trinity College, Dublin and The Motor Neurone Disease Association.
We will continue to make further donations to research projects which align to the aims and objectives of deterMND.
Of course, none of this is possible without the support of volunteers, benefactors and fundraisers, some of which you can view in our gallery section. We look forward to working with you all again this year and into the future.