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Campaign initiative by

John Garrett
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In celebration of my wife’s life, I would like to use my Camino De Santiago journey to raise funds for Project MinE, a research initiative investigating the genetic causes of Motor Neuron Disease (MND), also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

On October 8th 2014, my wife of 45 years, Eleanor, lost her courageous battle with MND. In 2009, prior to her diagnosis, we walked the Portugese Camino de Santiago from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. It was our plan to walk a second Camino, but that was not to be.

In her memory and celebration of her life, I will walk another Camino, hiking 865 km starting August 23rd thru October 4th across the North of Spain. I will carry with me Eleanor’s Scallop shell from our first Camino, the symbol of the pilgrim.

Project MinE aims to sequence the genomes (full DNA profile) of 15,000 people with MND and 7,500 control subjects. By comparing the DNA of patients and controls this research will open up new opportunities to discover genetic causes of MND. Project MinE has already made a breakthrough in identifying genes related to MND; an important first step in developing new and effective treatments, but more steps are needed.

For those of you who knew Eleanor, she never sat still when there was a walk or hike to be done or a mountain to climb. She would always tell the girls:

“Just one more Hill”. Project MinE is just “one more hill” on the road to discovering a cause and cure for MND. 

Follow my journey through Facebook and donate to my campaign!

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A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to Project MinE

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    “John was very impressed by your efforts without any sponsorship and would like to donate.”

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    “What an amazing achievement daddy. You raised a lot of money and mammy must be so proud!! - A & A”

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    “Well done Brother!”

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    “And Nora maughan”

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    “Well done, great accomplishment & a wonderful tribute!!!”

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    “Well done John and Ailish. You have a very proud lady looking down on you!”

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    “Well done John & Ailish”

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    “Congratulation on the walk John.”

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    “So proud of what ye are doing, well done both of you - hope you reach your target!”

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    “Well done Johnny, fantastic achievement and an amazing cause.”

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    “Congratulations John.”

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    “Well done. Great achievement for a great cause.”

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    “Well done John, Your family and Eleanor are very proud of your achievement for a great cause, Mary Butler”

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    “Nearly there!”

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    “Best of luck!”