Hi, my name is Mark Gilligan. I am a 54-year-old Irish musician. In 2003 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (remittance relapsing form). As time progressed it has worsened, and I am now in the secondary progressive stage of the disease. I have basically lost the use of my whole left-hand side of my body. My hand (I´m left-handed) and leg don´t function properly. So, I can´t play music anymore which is a right pain as you can imagine. The last 2 months I spent in rehabilitation learning how to fall safely because I fall a lot. I have got to the stage where my world is getting smaller and MS is progressing at a rapid rate. Here in The Netherlands where I live there is very little they can do medically. However recently I met a doctor, a GP who also had secondary progressive MS, who had a procedure called HSCT nearly 2 years ago. His MS has stopped progressing and his life has hugely improved. HSCT attempts to “reboot” the immune system, which is responsible for damaging the brain and spinal cord in MS. This treatment has shown very positive results in stopping MS in its tracks. It is not available in The Netherlands and it is not covered by my health insurance. It comes with a price tag. It is recommended that I get this done at Clinic Ruiz in Puebla Mexico ( https://www.hsctmexico.com/ ). In total it costs 75,000 euros. This will cover the stem cell transplant treatment, carer, all medical costs incurred and flights. This is why I have started a crowd funding campaign and if there is a sniff of a chance that I can evict "the lodger in me" I am doing it. I accept the way I am now, but I must stop its progression. The gigs below are being organised by musician friends of mine who are generously donating the proceeds to my fundraising efforts. So if there is a gig in your area can you please support it? I am posting a weekly video blog and other fun things to keep you all updated on this extreme trip of a lifetime. I'm tweeting #evictmarksms and Facebooking, etc. You can also contact me at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org For more of my story please click this link. I want to thank each one of you for your endless support and encouragement. I can't thank you enough.
DONATE A GIG
DONATE A GIG initiative for the “Evict Mark's lodger” campaign.
As many of us who are lucky to be Mark's friends know, once you’ve met him, you don’t forget ‘im! The strength of character and resilience he has shown in dealing with the unwelcome lodger is astounding …. and now, yet again, his extraordinary attitude to what has become a difficult life physically has given him the drive and courage to undertake this new journey. I know many musicians are and will be organizing benefit gigs for Mark and we welcome details of these events for inclusion on the website. However, organising a charity gig can often be hampered by venue hire and availability, back line costs and artists availability. As a way of helping this 'eviction' campaign, I have asked my fellow band mates from two different outfits to contribute the full proceeds of one of our gigs to the fund. This greatly increases the amount that I can direct to the fund thanks to their generosity.
I believe this type of initiative is an additional way for Mark’s musician friends to help. To 'donate a gig', just nominate one of your gigs, prebooked or specially organised for this fund and email email@example.com with the details of the event. Your gig will be included on this website www.gigsforgilligan.com. You can donate the proceeds of your gig through the gofundme page.
You can also lodge funds directly to the bank account. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the bank account.
There is also a section below to include other events that are organized for Mark.
The TrewTones Live
Sunday, 12 January 2020, 2 – 5pm
Murray's Irish Food & Drinks
Spuistraat 2, 3201 AR Spijkenisse
TrewTones premier afternoon concert at Murray's Food & Drink in Spijkenisse. All proceeds go to help fund the urgent eviction of Mark Gilligan's lodger, namely to finance stemcell treatment (HSCT) for Multiple Sclerosis.
A enormous THANK YOU to the artists below for their contribution to our fundraising campaign
FREE BENEFIT CONCERT
Het Kleine Hof • 8 December 2019
GRATIS benefietconcert in Het Kleine Hof en help Mark Gilligan ZIJN MS TE STOPPEN‼️
DEEL dit bericht en KRIJG 1 consumptie van ons (Hollands gedistilleerd).
(kleine) donatie is welkom!
WALK TO WALK with ROBERT PFEIFFER - 1st to 8th DECEMBER
Gesponsorde wandeling om geld in te zamelen voor Mark Gilligan - een gesponsorde wandeling van zijn huis in Venhuizen (Noord-Holland) naar het huis van Mark in Voorst (Gelderland) - ongeveer 200 km in 8 dagen.
Er is op elke locatie een contactpersoon die ook voor sponsoring zorgt. Waar mogelijk is er 's avonds muziek, Mulligans in Amsterdam bij de eerste stop. De volgende dag wandelen we met 3 Pubstops, een kleine stadswandeling. We lopen dan van Mulligans naar The Blarney Stone met zoveel mogelijk gesponsorde mensen.
De Route for Walk To Walk.
Dec 1 Van Venhuizen naar Hoorn
Locatie bijna geregeld 20km
Dec 2 Locatie nog onbekend 22km
Dec 3 Amsterdam Mulligans 26km
Dec 4 Amsterdam The Blarney Stone 5 km city walk
Dec 5 Almere?? Wordt nog aan gewerkt 34km
Dec 6 Harderwijk Nicky's Inn 35 km
Dec 7 Apeldoorn Finnegan's 33km
Dec 8 Voorst Mark's place 17km
EVICT MARK'S LODGER
BURGER WEESHUIS, DEVENTER
Zontag 27 Oktober 2019
open: 15:30, aanvang: 16:00
Bestest night ever!
DANNY GUINAN & ED VELTROP
BURGER WEESHUIS, DEVENTER
Zontag 27 Oktober 2019
Cheers Dan and Ed! Massive!
DAVÓG RYNNE in Concert
Wednesday 13 November, 9pm
MOLLY MALONE'S PUB
Oudezijds Kolk 9, Amsterdam
Thank you Davóg and all in Molly Malone’s Pub in Amsterdam for your very generous donation.
LAURA MULCAHY in Concert
Friday, 15 November 2019, 8pm
Ennis, Co. Clare
Thank you Laura, Trevor Hansbury and Sarah Ferrigan for you generous contribution.
HANK WEDEL & BAND
Thank you Hank and friends for your generous support.
CHARLIE'S BAR, CORK
Monday 5 August 2019
PETE HOLIDAI & TROUBLE PILGRIMS: A GHOSTOWN CELEBRATION
64 Dame St, Dublin 2
(Peadar Kearney's Lower Level)
Friday, 30 August 2019
Thank you Pete and all who attended the Underground gig for your generous contribution.
GIN & SONICS
Friday, 6 September, 10pm
Fundraiser Event for Mark Gilligan MS Fund
Fionnuala Cherry (guitar/vocals), Frankie Andrea (guitar/vocals), Grainne O'Brien (piano/vocals), Margaret Kennedy (flute/vocals).
Thank you to all at Shanleys, Clonakilty for their generosity.
SMOKIN' GUNZ : JIM O'NEILL & STEVE BELTON with Bill Shanley, John Fitzgerald and Anto Noonan
Sunday 22 September 2019
Thanks to Jim, Steve, Bill, John, Anto, Grainne, Jenny and all at Shanleys for their generous donation and to the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival for their generous contribution
DANNY GUINAN & ED VELTROP
13 October 2019
De Waag, Haarlem
Thanks to Danny, Ed and all their friends and supporters for their generous donation.
with Joel Pitcher, Mark Comerford, Tony Dunne and John Browne
The Green Door, New Ross
18 October 2019
Thanks to Darren, Joel, Tony, John and all their friends and supporters for their generous donation.
NOWHERE MAN (Beatles Tribute)
IWAN SCHIPHORST, GUIDEO VAN HEUVELEN, BENNY WAGENAAR, JELLE OOSTERWIJK, TOM EEKHUIS, TRISTAN GILLIGAN & The ASTONISHMENT, ROBERT PFIEFFER. Guest speaker Wilko van Rooijen
19 Oktober 2019
7383 CG Voorst
vanaf 15.00 - 0.00
Additional projects being organised for the Mark Gilligan MS fundraising campaign that need your support.
PAST LIFE EXPERIENCE WITH JON KENNY
A Past Life Experience is not hypnotherapy but does involve hypnosis. You do not need to believe in Past Lives in order to enjoy the experience. I have never met or heard of anyone who didn’t find the experience at least interesting. Most reactions vary from “good” to “extraordinary”.
The session will occur in my home in Amsterdam West unless there are exceptional circumstances.
WALK TO WALK with ROBERT PFEIFFER
1st to 8th December
Walk from Van Venhuizen naar Hoorn to Voost and enjoy the craic agus ceol every night!
See Upcoming Events above for details.
Follow Robert's journey on Facebook here
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