Alan McCall from East Kilbride, Scotland, was diagnosed Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) in 2011, when he was 50 years old. His daughter Lorna set up Team Alan Family Fund to raise money and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
Here Lorna shares her father’s story:
In January 2011, my Dad was diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis. Before this he was a fit, healthy man, who was able to do anything he wanted.
Dad’s condition has deteriorated, resulting in reduced mobility and strength in his limbs and IBM has made life a daily struggle. Things he used to do without a second thought such as brushing his teeth, are becoming increasingly difficult, and sometimes impossible. He is now mostly a wheelchair user, a receives weekly physiotherapy.
It is so important for people with muscle-wasting conditions to be able to lead a comfortable life, and that’s why Team Alan are raising awareness and funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
Lorna has organised a range of events to kick start their fundraising including a Zumba class, a sponsored walk around the Isle of Cumbrae and a church concert.
Lorna and her family have organised a variety of events during 2014 and raised over £4,000. Their events included a sponsored Zumba class, a sponsored walk around the Isle of Cumbrae, a Princess and Pirate Walk and concert in a local church.
How you can help
- Support Team Alan by making an online donation
Setting up a Family Fund like Team Alan is a great way to fundraise for Muscular Dystrophy UK to keep our vital research moving forward. Find out more about our Family Funds.