Ex-Rangers player Fernando Ricksen launches MND fund

Fernando Rickson.  Picture: Donald MacLeod / TSPL

Fernando Rickson. Picture: Donald MacLeod / TSPL

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FORMER Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has announced he will launch a new foundation to raise funds for research into Motor Neurone Disease.

Ricksen was diagnosed with the terminal disease in 2013.

Ricksen in his Rangers playing days. PA Photo: Andrew Milligan.

Ricksen in his Rangers playing days. PA Photo: Andrew Milligan.

Despite being given just 15 months to live, the Dutchman has vowed he will fight the debilitating disease.

Later this week he will launch the Fernando Ricksen Foundation to raise vital funds for medicine and research into the condition.

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Motor Neurone Disease is a crippling and ultimately fatal condition, which causes the degeneration of the body’s motor nerve cells.

Since his diagnosis, Ricksen has raised more than £80,000 for the charity, MND Scotland.

Craig Scockton, Chief Executive of MND Scotland said: “MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness with no effective treatment and no cure.

“During MND Awareness Week 2016 we want to increase public awareness and understanding of MND.

“Funding for research continues to be a priority for but with additional support we can do more.”

To donate text CUREMND to 70660 to donate £5 to MND Scotland.

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