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In 2010, months after lifting the FA Vase trophy at Wembley, Mark Taylor was given the devastating news that he had Motor Neurone Disease, he was 26 years old. He was told within 3 years he would be unable to move and would lose his life. A Brief History of Mine tells the highs and lows of Mark's life and of his determination to fight the condition and retain as normal a life as possible for as long as he can.

20% of all profit will be donated to The MNDA.

e-book available from Amazon

Available on eBay

Copies are available to buy from the King George pub by 42nd Street, Whitley Bay and from the Seahorse at Hillheads behind Whitley Bay ice rink.

Books are £10 each

Enquires for copies can be made by email

About Mark Taylor

Mark is a Teacher at Kenton School and is an active and talented sportsman who, before being diagnosed with MND, played left back for Whitley Bay FC in the FA Northern League.

During his time with Whitley Bay FC, Mark won two FA Vase trophies, including playing at the new Wembley stadium, and has captained the senior side on many occasions. A popular and vital member of the team, Mark continues to be a fixture at the club and can be found amongst the faithful at most home games.

In his role at Kenton School, Mark is a popular figure amongst pupils and staff alike. Even with the difficulties that come from living with MND, Mark continues to be dedicated to his teaching career, bringing an energetic and vibrant approach to the education of pupils from 11 to 18. The unbelievable level of support from pupils for Mark since being diagnosed stands as a testament to the effect and impact he has had on all of his classes.

What is MND?

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones. Degeneration of the motor neurones leads to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing.

Around four or five in every 100,000 people in the UK have MND at any one time. It usually starts between the ages of 50 and 70 but can occur at any age. Men may be up to twice as likely as women to be affected.

Research is underway to understand the causes of MND and to develop an effective treatment. Currently there is no cure and life expectancy depends on how symptoms progress. However, there are effective treatments to manage symptoms.

More information about Motor Neurone Disease

BBC Health

Motor Neurone Disease Association


North East Motor Neurone Disease Trust

Wikipedia article

Patient UK

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