Newlywed diagnosed with motor neurone disease raises £50k for charity bike ride

‘Cruel, uncurable, unknown,’ Davy Zyw says, summing up motor neurone disease.

The 32-year-old newlywed from Edinburgh was diagnosed with the rapidly-progressing condition, which attacks the nervous system, two years ago. 

It mainly affects people in their 60s and 70s so Davy was shocked to get the diagnosis. He was told he had MND after going to the doctor about a cramping sensation in his left-hand thumb that started while he was on a snowboarding trip to Whistler in Canada.

He tells ‘At the time I blamed the cramping on the cold but it persisted.

‘Being diagnosed with motor neurone disease is rare at any age, but more common in people in their 70’s. 

‘Receiving this bombshell at the age of 30 was a bit unexpected, to say the least. There is no family history and I led a healthy lifestyle.’

Since being diagnosed with the life-shortening condition, Davy has been determined to live life to the fullest and last May, he married the love of his life Yvie with dozens of friends and family gathered for the occasion. 

He went on to honeymoon in Mexico and continued travelling around Europe as part of his job as a senior wine buyer for the Queen’s wine merchant and importer, Berry Bros and Rudd.

The wine connoisseur, who has penned two books about his favourite tipples, says the company has been ‘incredibly supportive’ of his situation and it has even selected the Motor Neurone Disease Association as their charity partner. 

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