Rebecca Evans, Welsh Labour's prospective Assembly candidate for Gower, is backing the Motor Neuron Disease Association's "MND Won't Wait" campaign, and has promised to continue to be a champion for people with MND both in the Assembly and in the community.
MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, and can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. It kills around 30% of people within 12 months of diagnosis, more than 50% within two years, and each day it takes the lives of 5 people. It affects people from all communities and currently has no cure.
Mrs Evans said: “I am proud to have supported people with MND and their families through my work as a regional Assembly Member. I have hosted an event for the Motor Neuron Disease Association in the Assembly to give AMs the chance to speak directly with people affected by MND and their families, and with the clinicians and nursing staff who care for them. I am also pleased to be a signatory of the MND Association’s Charter in recognition of the rights and priorities of people living with MND and their carers.”
As MND champions, Assembly Members are being encouraged to support prompt and accurate diagnosis for MND, and ensure best practice in care and support.
Rebecca Evans, who has chaired the Cross Party Group on Disability in the National Assembly, added: “I know the difference good services can make to the lives of people with MND. Everyone with MND should be supported to maximise their quality of life, and I will continue working for people with MND if I am elected to represent Gower in the next Assembly.”
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