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£41,749raised of £40,000 target by 311 supporters

    Weʼve raised £41,749 to Mark 'Sparks' Ewen - HSCT treatment

    Location
    Morayshire, Scotland
    Time left
    Funded on Friday, 25th November 2016

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    My name is Mark Ewen, some of you may know me as Sparks!

    Ten months ago I was diagnosed with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS), a chronic autoimmune disease with no known cure. Up until that point I was fit, healthy and active, working full time as a joiner. Since diagnosis, my symptoms have worsened steadily and I am now in the position where, amongst other things, I am unable to walk any distance. I had no option but to give up work in December 2015 as the physical nature of my job made it impossible to continue any longer. Every day is an uphill struggle and the progressive nature of the disease means my symptoms will only get worse.

    I have been given the chance to receive life changing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Treatment (HSCT) in Moscow, Russia in November this year. This treatment is currently unavailable to MS patients in the UK. If successful, HSCT could halt any further progression of my symptoms and possibly even repair damage already done. The knowledge however that the disease has been halted would be amazing. My goal would simply be to go for a walk and kick a football around with my boys, not running marathons or climbing mountains, just the simple things we all take for granted.

    With your help, I will grab this opportunity to get my life back. Thank you, your kindness will be life changing for me.

    Mark


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    • Mark Ewen

      Mark Ewen

      18 days ago

      Mark Ewen

      Well folks, we made it!! I am truly overwhelmed by the phenomenal response from family, friends and strangers alike, you've been amazing! We arrived in Moscow on Monday evening. I'm having various medical tests done today before the treatment commences and the next phase of my journey begins... I'll try to keep you posted! Thanks again. Mark

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    • Mark Ewen

      Mark Ewen

      a month ago

      Mark Ewen

      Thank you for all collections, bake sales and to those who donned their scariest outfits for the 'Moscow Mash' Halloween disco! It has been a busy and at times stressful few weeks but your continuing support and fund raising efforts have kept us positive! A huge thank you to the Corporate Policy and Community Support Units who with the encouragement of their Moray Council colleagues successfully completed their 2,347 miles from Rothes to Moscow by walking, jogging and cycling their virtual journey within their two week deadline! Very well done!

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      Mark Ewen

      2 months ago

      Mark Ewen

      Good Luck Joe on your 'No Tech for Two Weeks' challenge!!! 23rd Oct - 6th Nov....

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    3 months ago

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    Supporters

    311

    • Nicky ODriscoll

      Nicky ODriscoll

      Nov 24, 2016

      £100.00

    • Lorraine & Graeme Stewart (Meller)

      Lorraine & Graeme Stewart (Meller)

      Nov 24, 2016

      Hope everything goes well. All the best for the future.

      £10.00

    • Alan Campbell

      Alan Campbell

      Nov 23, 2016

      My thoughts are with you on your journey Sparks, be strong and positive bud.Sambo

      £100.00

    About the fundraiser
    Mark Ewen

    Mark Ewen

    Morayshire, Scotland

    I am raising £40,000 to have Hematopoietic Stem Cell Treatment (HSCT) in Moscow, Russia for my Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

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