Irish Rail Worker Cycles 200km to Support Colleague with Motor Neurone Disease

Tom Brady, an Irish Rail worker, is cycling 200km to support his colleague Oliver Johnston, who is battling Motor Neurone Disease. Brady's fundraising effort has already raised over €3,000 to support Johnston and his family.

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Irish Rail Worker Cycles 200km to Support Colleague with Motor Neurone Disease

Irish Rail Worker Cycles 200km to Support Colleague with Motor Neurone Disease

Tom Brady, an Irish Rail worker from Athlone, is embarking on a 200km fundraising cycle to Newport in Mayo on Saturday, May 18, 2024, to support his colleague and friend Oliver Johnston, who is battling Motor Neurone Disease. Oliver, a 48-year-old train driver, was diagnosed with the disease in November and is now living in Mayo.

Why this matters: This story highlights the importance of community support and fundraising efforts for individuals and families affected by rare and debilitating diseases like Motor Neurone Disease. It also showcases the power of friendship and solidarity in the face of adversity, inspiring others to take action and make a difference in their own communities.

Tom, a keen cyclist and member of the Kilteevan Wheelers club, has set up aGoFundMe page, "Tom's Fundraiser Cycle for Ollie," which has already raised over €3,000 from more than 70 individuals, with an additional €400 in offline contributions.

Oliver, who spent 18 years working in Athlone, has been open about his personal journey and diagnosis. "I was never sick before... This was not the news I was expecting, and I knew nothing about the disease or how it would affect me,"he said. Despite the challenges, Oliver has been grateful for the support he has received from his family, friends, and work colleagues.

Tom, who has previously cycled the length of Ireland (593 km) in under 24 hours, will set off from Athlone at 9am on May 18 and plans to meet with Oliver when he arrives in Newport. Irish Rail colleagues and others are welcome to join him for all or part of the cycle.

Oliver's family has a long history of working in the railway industry, with his sons Aaron and Dylan currently working for Irish Rail in Athlone. The support and solidarity shown by Tom and the wider Irish Rail community highlight the strong bonds formed among colleagues, especially in times of adversity.

As Tom prepares for his 200km journey, the fundraising efforts continue to gain momentum, with the hope of providing much-needed support for Oliver and his family as they navigate the challenges of living withMotor Neurone Disease. The unwavering dedication and compassion demonstrated by Tom Brady serve as an inspiring example of the power of friendship and the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.