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The Genesis Scottish Open supports the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation in the fight against Motor Neuron Disease
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The Genesis Scottish Open supports the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation in the fight against Motor Neuron Disease

Currently, there is no known cure for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and the average life expectancy following diagnosis is between two to three years.

In 2023, Scott Stewart was diagnosed with MND and, after years of attending the Genesis Scottish Open as a fan, played the role of the Honorary Starter of the Pro-Am in a bid to raise awareness for the foundation and condition.

Scott joined professional Robert MacIntyre alongside the My Name’5 Doddie Pro-Am team featuring former Scottish rugby international Rob Wainwright, ex-professional footballer Scott Brown and actor Dougray Scott.

Throughout his illness, Scott has used golf as a barometer for his health, as he puts it:

“The way I see it, I’m three down with three to play. But I’m not beaten yet and I’m not giving up. I’m taking this fight to the 19th hole and beyond for as long as I possibly can, I promise you that”

The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation is one of the local charities that benefits from the money raised by The Renaissance Club Charity Foundation, which is responsible for the fundraising endeavours of the club alongside the Genesis Scottish Open. To date, this has raised over £700,000 in the five years that the tournament has been held at The Renaissance Club, with the aim to break the £1m barrier this year.

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About the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation

The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation has a clear vision of a world free of Motor Neuron Disease (MND). The charity was established by Doddie Weir and the trustees in November 2017 following Doddie’s diagnosis with MND. It was founded in response to his frustration at the lack of options given to MND patients – no effective treatment, no access to meaningful clinical trials and no hope. 

To date, the Foundation has committed over £11 million to MND research and a further £2 million to support people living with the disease. This is made possible because of the efforts of their supporters. 

MND is not incurable, it's just underfunded, and My Name'5 Doddie Foundation is committed to changing that.

To support vital MND research, please visit: https://www.myname5doddie.co.uk/

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