Gary Mayrick was the uncle of David Middleton, and for David himself, he was one of the main inspirations for doing the Atlantic challenge. Gary was a man who lived his life by following his passion, he moved up to Scotland when he was 25 to pursue his love for the mountains and outdoor living, he worked for the Mountain Rescue until he was struck down by Multiple Sclerosis.
This disease impacts your balance and attacks your nervous system. Gary went from being a man who lived life to the full to being bed ridden, not able to see, speak or move any part of his body. His passion for the mountains meant that in 2007 he had to move away from Fort William as he couldn’t bear to be surrounded by the landscape he loved and not be able to walk or climb it. Gary’s illness got progressively worse and worse and in 2008 he was told that there was not much time left. At this point Gary and his devoted wife decided to move back to the mountains, back to the place he cherished more than anything in the world. Gary died in May 2009 and is buried by a Loch next to Glen Coe.
He was a man who lived his life one day at a time, only working enough to survive and to have enough money to enjoy the Highlands. He is an inspiration because in this day and age people forget to follow their dreams, to take a moment and think and to enjoy life. We urge you to follow in Gary’s footsteps and live life to the full whilst you can.
Pictures of Gary
Pictures of Gary
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system. In MS, the coating around nerve fibres (called myelin) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms. Physical symptoms of MS might commonly include vision and balance problems, dizziness, fatigue, bladder problems and stiffness and/or spasms.
More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS. Symptoms usually start in your 20s and 30s and it affects almost three times as many women as men.
Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help you to manage the condition and its symptoms.
We don't know the cause and we haven't yet found a cure, but research is progressing fast.
At present, there is no cure for MS but this certainly does not mean that the symptoms of MS cannot be treated
The MS Trust
The MS Trust
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