A 32-year-old newly married Bo’ness man claims that he learnt of his Parkinsons diagnosis in the worst possible way.
Martin Taylor, whose parents still live in the town’s St John’s Way found out that he had the chronic progressive neuro- degenerative incurable disease by email!
December 30, 2014, is a day the HSBC employee won’t forget, as that was the day the email from his consultant at the Spire Shawfair Park Hospital in Edinburgh landed in his inbox telling him the results of his tests were positive.
But, rather than let his diagnosis get him down, Martin, who now lives in Gorebridge, Midlothian, has come up with a good humoured way of raising awareness – and money – for charity Parkinson’s UK.
He has seized on the popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge with his own take highlighting one of the most distressing symptoms for sufferers – the loss of facial expression.
Martin said: “I just want to give hope to people and raise awareness of the condition, raise money to help treat it and, hopefully, eventually help to find a cure for it as well. They’re my motives for doing it.”
You can sponsor Martin at www.justgiving.com/funnyfacechallenge.