Every year, thousands of people are victims of the fatal consequences of neurodegenerative diseases. On May 25, 2018, Vincent Monnerie’s father also lost the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. From then on, the 26-year-old decided to travel 700 km with a wheelbarrow to the Alps. His goal was to raise awareness of this condition, and to raise funds for research on the subject.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Charcot’s disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly evolving neurological condition that is almost always fatal. ALS atrophies the muscles of the patient as it evolves. Currently, there is no cure to treat this disease, but there are already several ongoing research.
After losing his father, Vincent Monnerie decided to cross the Alps on foot, with only a wheelbarrow. But why did he choose the wheelbarrow? To challenge his body and try to put himself in the place of the ALS carriers. In addition, the young man chose the cart because it allowed the transport of several things essential to the journey.
In order to fulfill this challenge, the young man obtained numerous sponsors. He also won a participatory award to help him raise funds for research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. “The most important thing is not to get to Nice as fast as possible, but… publicize Charcot’s disease. People are very curious and approach me frequently.”
700 km journey to the Alps
To shed light on this pathology and help in the research, Vincent decided to embark on the original challenge: to travel the Great Alps Route, pushing a wheelbarrow. He only took with him a travel kit, and the urge to spread the message about the illness that took his father’s life.
The 26-year-old began his journey on July 15 but has already raised €10,000 to support research on Charcot’s disease! You can follow Vincent’s trip, and encourage him, through his Facebook page Des Kilomètres en Brouette (Kilometers in a Wheelbarrow). Helped by people he knows, this brave young man dedicates himself wholeheartedly to this important struggle that interests us all.
This is just the beginning for Vincent. He is already planning to repeat the adventure in Corsica and South America!
The motivations of Vincent’s fight are noble: to help in research on ALS. It is already too late for his father, but the young man hopes that other people can finally have a cure for the terrible degenerative disease.
If you also support this cause, share Vincent’s journey with your friends and family!