This is my first ever attempt at a 10K, (normally the furthers I have run is from the taxi to the pub) and I was convinced to run the Great Scottish run by Scott McNee who is running this year for the Gavin Lives Life program. When I was made aware of Gavin’s situation and how he is using his energy to help others, I was happy to also run on behalf of this great cause.
Support of a colleague
I’ve worked with Gavin for quite a few years now and when I heard about his condition I was really shocked and deeply saddened. Only a few months before his diagnosis we were out on an early morning run in Kutna Hora with some other colleagues.
Since then, I have been totally inspired by his outlook on life and want to be able to do anything I can to help him and his family through these really difficult and challenging times.
I know Gavin, like myself, is a keen runner, so running the Glasgow half marathon in 2015 for his team seems the natural thing to do. It will be a real privilege to undertake this and I will be proud crossing the finish line knowing that whatever I raise will be for a magnificent cause.
I’m sure anyone reading Gavin’s fascinating story will be uplifted by it and I’m delighted to be making a small contribution to such an enormously worthwhile cause by taking part in the GLL Longest Day Golf Challenge on Sunday 21st June. 72 holes in a day seems pretty insignificant to Gavin’s own challenge and I think its entirely fitting that we’re raising funds for him on Father’s Day – so please give generously if you can.
When Bob told me about Gav and his attitude to fight MND I did not hesitate to get on board.
Good Luck Gav! Keep on fighting!
When I heard about Gavin’s inspiring story it was a no brainer to get involved and help. Hail Hail Gav
I first met Gavin a few years ago on the golf course. He was an inspiration then and continues to be today. When I heard of The Longest Day Golf Challenge, I thought it was the ideal event to lend my support.
Running for Maman Gav as he’s “Simply the Best”………
I have been friends with Gavin now for 4 years. Gavin is a cracking guy to have in your company and his battle has touched us all. His strength and courage during what are difficult times is an inspiration to everyone who knows him. The Longest Day Golf Challenge will be our small way of showing our support for a genuinely great guy.
In the 5 years I’ve known Gavin, he’s always been an extremely driven person and he’s bringing that same drive and determination to his latest challenge. The manner in which he’s approached this is both incredibly humbling and inspirational – always positive, always looking forward, always thinking beyond himself. I’m proud to have Gavin as a friend, and proud of the great work he has inspired through the Gavin Lives Life approach. I’m delighted to be able to do my bit to help both Gavin and the new technology project his vision and passion has helped develop.
I only know Gavin, Lorraine and their lovely children through my other half, Davie Shannon. Gavin and Davie became great friends through football and have remained so over the years even though their lives have been busy and they didn’t see each other as often as they would have liked.
Davie was devastated to hear of Gavin’s diagnosis. However, Gavin and Lorraine show such amazing resolution, courage, dignity and positivity in their daily challenges it’s hard for that not to be contagious!
I would imagine that many of Gavin’s friends and family feel the same as us; we now try that bit harder to always see the positives, not complain about the insignificant things in life and try to “Live Life” too! As part of that positive way of thinking I wanted to do something to challenge myself whilst helping to put a small amount of money into the Gavin Lives Life fund.
Why an Open Water Swim? No idea! I’ve never swam in fresh open water, I hate the cold, I can never get a swimming hat on properly, I’m 44 and unfit, it’s the equivalent of 64 lengths of a 25m pool and I’m currently at 22 – with a lot of stops!! …… However in my very distant past I think I was not bad at swimming. Plus Davie beats me at EVERY single sport (Davie Shannon – competitive? NO!) and swimming is the ONLY thing that I do better than him so a chance for me to be fitter for a change!
Gavin and Lorraine face more difficult and serious challenges every single day. Like their other friends and family who have dug deep and undertaken difficult challenges, this will be a walk in the park in comparison. Plus how can I fail as I know for all his competitiveness, Davie will be there cheering me on the loudest with our two children!! I’d love some company IN the water on the day if anyone else feels mad enough to sign up too!?
Gavin is my colleague at HP. When I moved from PSG over to Enterprise some 8 years ago, I starting working with Gavin in the supply chain project management organisation. Gavin helped me to understand the new role and continued mentoring me through my journey of becoming the lead for Logistics PMO. Doing this ride is the least I can do to help Gavin in his fight against this disease.
I joined Compaq / HP on the same day as Gavin some 19 years ago and have watched a highly motivated and determined Gavin progress himself in many aspects of his career. I admire that Gavin continues to be motivated and determined in all aspects of his life and look forward to contributing what I can through this event. “Doing it for Gavin”.
I joined Compaq / HP in 1990, 25 years ago. Throughout my earlier years, I dealt with Gavin whilst working within the Inspection dept, when he was employed at one of the HDD suppliers. Gavin then joined Compaq where I then spent time working alongside him in Procurement Engineering. Latterly I would support him in his current role on key accounts. There is no doubt that Gavin is very motivated and with that I always admired his determination and drive to succeed. He truly is inspirational. I am doing this to support Gavin.
I admire Gavin’s determination, his always positive approach to his condition. This rubs off onto others and makes us look at our own lives and what we could achieve. I am a recreational cyclist at heart, but see this as a way to push myself into something a bit more challenging and raise some money for Gavin’s Live-Life fund.
When I moved back from the Americas, Gavin was one of the first guys to welcome me back into the Erskine team. We have traveled together, sat together and worked together. He has always been on the same frequency as me – we share the same humor – and he has determined he will fight this thing as hard and as long as he can – seems appropriate to do something I love and support his cause doing it.
We are working with Gavin for some years now – and it is a lot about TopFocus! And that’s what we are going to stick with, not just for this race. The way Gavin is focused on life – not disease, on giving courage to others – not giving up on himself, we can learn so much from. Running a marathon, but shared by a team and for an important cause gives us a lot of focus: On sharing some time, pushing each other to do better, and supporting each other when it gets tough. We are going to be TopFocus’ed – promise!
I always have appreciated Gavin’s positive attitude to life. Being in the same group for a couple of years I enjoyed working with him. I really want to help and support “Gavinliveslife” by joining a team in the Prague marathon.
– Wolgang Haberer
As an HP student in Erskine I had a chance to meet Gavin a few times in the facility, but never had a chance to speak to him for a long time. However, I admire his effort, energy and optimism to fight this disease and I am proud to participate on this run.
– Ladislav Kanak
The decision to Run for “Gavinliveslife” was really easy for me. If you were to draw a Venn Diagram of things, like I always do, then raising funds for Gavin would be in the crossing. I Hope that my efforts will be helpful.
– Andrej Malinic
Although I haven’t met or known Gavin, I participate in many fundraising activities and running for charity. Gavin being one of my HP colleagues, this was an easy decision to make to support him in this way.
– Jaroslav Vitoul
Our participation is reflecting our determination to match Gavin’s courage. If he can fight the fight, so can we. If he can live above the expectations, so can we. And if we can help – so WE WILL.
I am happy to have the opportunity to support Gavin in this way. I have never met him in person but he talked to me and inspired me a lot through his words. I am delighted by his determination, courage and positive approach. I wish he can keep it up and live his life to the max and share his positive energy with us as long as it possible. I love running. Most of the time I run without any purpose, I run just for my pleasure. This time I will have a clear goal and I will give my best. – Monika Bartalos
Gavin is a great example of a modern hero. He is facing adversity but he does not give up. Even though his body may be weaker, his mind becomes stronger. This is very motivating and if I were in such tough situation I would like to be as strong as he is. I hope this fundraising will help to stop or slow the disease! Run for Gavin! – Pawel Bobecki
Gavin values represents love to sport (running), hard work to achieve goals jet filled with humor and space for friendship across of all levels and cultures. Running for GavinLivesLife is inspiring myself and hopefully others as well. – Jan Grund
I don´t know Gavin personally but I felt concerned when I heard about Gavin´s disease. I like Gavin´s attitude so if I can help, I will be more than happy. I´m proud to be part of the team at the Marathon in Prague and hopefully it can help Gavin to receive better treatment and feel better. Hopefully, that would bring more attention to help financing research, the more we are the better it is for Gavin and for all the other concerned ( ALS ) people. – Karlheinz Hoehl
Gavin has shown to all of us, who have heard his story, the true meaning of courage, determination and love. I’d like to help Gavin as I have been touched by his attitude towards his condition that its truly inspiring and demonstrate that anything is possible. It also teaches us to really appreciate and to love all of the little things in life, and to try harder to “Live Life” !!!!…
Gavin has been a true friend and colleague to us all over the years. He has always been a tremendous source of inspiration and continues to be so in his quest to Live Life. He brings passion and energy to everything he does, both in work and play. He ran this same relay some years ago and it is with great pleasure we can follow in his footsteps and raise some cash towards his cause at the same time.
So it’s time for us to “run up that flagpole and see how we fly” and do it for Gavin!
Although I don’t know Gavin personally, I heard about Gavin’s story through the HP team working in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. After visiting Gavin’s Live Life website it struck me how positive Gavin’s approach to dealing with MND/ALS has been. Initially I had been intending to run the 2015 Prague Marathon solely for the enjoyment of the event. However, after reading about the initial success of the new medication provided to Gavin I’ve been encouraged to help raise funds to allow Gavin to continue with his treatment. Hopefully by running the 2015 Prague Marathon on Gavin’s behalf I can help contribute in some small way to Gavin’s fight to live life. All the best Gavin!
Since I have started working at HP I feel like I am part of big family. And within family you have each others back. This is a no brainer, if you know you can help, why wouldn’t you. I am proud to run the mini marathon with my daughter, hoping the T-shirts promoting Gavin’s webpage will catch someone’s attention and we will reach the goal of 500 £ to help to cover the costs of Gavin’s medication bills.
Over the past 23 years Gav has been an irreplaceable friend, colleague, golfing partner, sounding board and all round inspiration to me (don’t tell him!) in both his approach to life and in his unshakeable positivity. We share a lot of the same values but I have never been quite able to match his positivity and little did we know it would become his greatest asset during his biggest challenge yet, fighting and dealing with MND/ALS.
In true Gav form he is making people sit up and take notice of his Live Life approach (please have a look at the endorsements) and has pioneered voice banking technology with the target of not just helping himself but any person with the condition now or in the future. Thinking of other people and making a difference whilst in the midst of his own battle is truly inspirational to me and I am sure will prove inspirational, not just to people with MND, but to anyone who face challenges with ill-health or whatever life has thrown at them.
Gavin’s Live Life approach has at its core the love, care and positivity of the people in his life so please join me in continuing the incredible levels of those sentiments that have been reached so far.
Gavin is my brother-in-law and has been part of my family for as long as I can remember. I’m running the 10K to support him in his fight against MND/ALS. I was devastated when I first learned of Gavin’s diagnosis and would like to help in any way I can. Gavin’s positive attitude and approach to fighting MND/ALS have been an inspiration.
Running with me are Christopher McCall, Mairi-Claire Greene, Gerry Collins, Ian McHarg, Kevin McDougall, and Derek Logue.
All of the Lanigan family are there for Gavin 100%. We are really looking forward to the Great Scottish Run, it will be wonderful to run alongside family, friends and colleagues who are all showing tremendous support for Gavin, Lorraine, Conor and Isla at this time.
I have known Gavin for over 15 years and since the first day I met him his passion and engagement have never diminished. He brings an energy that transforms everyone he comes into contact with and generates an infectious creative positivity that anything is achievable. Gavin loves to share business quotes during meetings keeping everyone motivated and inspired. In fact he’s the master of quotes. I look forward to Gavin sharing one of these on race day to motivate everyone to the finish line!
I am running for Gavin as we have been friends for over 30 years and first met at primary school. Gavin has been a good friend ever since and I want to do all I can, in any way I can, to help Gavin live life.
Gavin was my running partner when we did the annual Men’s 10K together and I am delighted to be taking part in the Great Scottish Run in support of Gavin. Knowing Gavin as I do, I am sure he will be happy to dodge the running part of the day on the 5th October, but will happily join us at the after race drinks!
I’m running the Glasgow 10k with our friend Kaz in October to help raise funds and awareness for my good whisky drinking friend Gavin Lanigan who is bravely fighting MND. I hope anything Kaz and I can raise will help Gavin and his family in any small way.
I’ve worked for Gavin for a number of years now and it would be safe to say he is a very driven, passionate man. When we learned about his condition a year or so ago, it was a shock. Since then, it would be very easy to look at Gavin’s physical condition and be overwhelmed with sympathy but as soon as Gavin starts to talk, you realise just how inappropriate that would be. Gavin’s drive and passion for life remains incredibly strong and the way he has tackled the condition and put his energy into helping create a legacy which will be of massive benefit for others with the same condition has been truly inspirational. I’ve not run since I was in my early twenties (which wasn’t yesterday) but 10K is a small way considering the journey Gavin has been on.
I first met Gavin through my good friend Graeme Reid a few years ago and I instantly knew that I was going to like this guy. I have been lucky to have been in Gavin’s company quite a few times and he is always funny and very engaging . Just simply a great guy!
I hope that by running the Glasgow 10K I can raise a few pounds to help fund research for MND/ALS . Gavin is participating in a research program that will help fight the battle against MND/ALS and it is vital not just for Gavin but for the overall research program we try to raise as much money as possible.
I have known Gavin for over 20 years across various companies. Over the last 10 years I have worked with him more closely on major changes in the work environment. One of his great catchphrases is that we need ‘resilience’ in our approach to major changes and projects. Gavin is the most resilient and relentless person I have known with anything he tackles in his life. I think this is even more prevalent in his current situation. I am happy to highlight the need for further focus on this degenerative disease through this challenge.
I am running for Gavin because I owe him a debt of gratitude for scoring the winning goal for Holyrood bhoys in our Scottish cup final about 25 years ago.
I would like to show my support to Gavin by dedicating my run in Amsterdam to Gavinliveslife.com! I still remember Gavin running the marathon relay in Prague a few years ago and how Gavin and the other colleagues participating were an inspiration for me to start running again which led to my first marathon race this year. Please show your support to Gavin by contributing to this fundraising. I’m proud to be part of a great team that has created this amazing Gavinliveslife campaign.
Having been truly blessed to know my very close & dear friend Gav & his family for 35 years, I like others was completely stunned and devastated to hear of Gav’s diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease , but soon realised with Gav’s attitude to life he would hit this challenging journey head on with all his might.
Gav has shown all his qualities on this journey that I have been fortunate to experience over our long friendship.
Always helping others along the way, none more so than sharing his Live Life programme for all who are facing the challenging journey that a condition like MND/ALS brings.
With true grit, his determination and positive mindset, along with immense courage, he continues to live life to the full.
Gav, you are truly an inspiration to one and all! Stay Strong my friend, God Bless Shesh
There are times in everyone’s life where it becomes a struggle to get through the day. Someone said to me last week, “We all go through life with the it won’t happen to me mentality.” However sometimes and without discrimination it does happen. At times like these it can be easier to sit back and just let things take their course.
It is my belief that when we come together and work as a group we can help each other through those tough times. I have chosen to run for Gavin because he wants to fight and continue with life.
Since meeting Gavin in the early years of my time at Holyrood Secondary School, Gavin has become a life-long friend. Over the years we have played football together, golfed together, partied together and laughed together. Gavin was my best man on my Wedding Day and is the Godfather to one of my children. He has played a big part in my life and I regard him as a true friend. This is why I am participating in the Great Scottish Run (10k) this year to raise much needed funds for Gavin’s ongoing medical treatment. Please give as generously as you can. Thanks. Paul.
Having known Gavin for nearly 17 years he has always been a great source of inspiration. A true friend who would do anything to support his friends, families and colleagues. Its time for us to repay the favours. Stay strong Gavin. x
I remember very well the morning when Gavin told us (his HP team) about his MND/ALS diagnosis. Gavin spoke clearly, calmly and … full of optimism! I couldn’t help but write him an email to let him know how much I admired his brave and positive attitude.
Now, about 7 months later Gavin’s optimism is bigger than ever despite the progress of this disease. I can only assume that this is partly due to Gavin seeing how many people are supporting him in this challenge. However another big factor is that there is medicine out there which can help, and this fundraising campaign will help to make it available for Gavin. Therefore I will move my old bones over a distance of 10K to do my bit to support this campaign.
I have worked with Gavin over the last 18 months and within this timeframe, I have nothing but admiration regarding the manner in which Gavin is dealing with his life changing situation. I have never found him to be negative in dealing with his condition–always a smile and positive attitude.
He has faced his journey with gusto in seeking out pioneering and alternative forms of treatment.
Although participating in the 10k run is a personal challenge for me based on my own circumstances, it pales in significance compared to the challenges and obstacles that Gavin faces and overcomes every day.
This tireless attitude is what makes Gavin Lanigan one of life’s true fighters and someone I truly admire, any small contribution I can make to Gavin’s LiveLife Approach, I am more than happy to support.
I have known Gavin since primary school when we played football against each other. We had many battles on the football field. Our two respective schools had a passionate rivalry – St Fillan’s (me) & St Mirin’s (Gavin). We then both went to Holyrood Secondary School, and again both represented the school at football, winning the Scottish Shield on 3 separate occasions. Gavin and I also went to Glasgow Caledonian University together. Gavin and I both possess a similar sense of humour and on occasion have been known to indulge in the odd practical joke. Gavin and I have shared many laughs, stories and holidays together over the years – a great friend and ally.
I know how important the trials have been for him as it helps to provide a real focus.
I look forward to doing the run with all his family and friends present.
Gavin is a close friend. We both have twins and we got to know each other through our children and wives going to the same toddler groups and then on to primary school. There is a small group of us who regularly meet up for a curry and a pint and lately, thanks to Gavin’s lead, we completed one of our pipe dreams and went to Islay on a whisky distillery tour. Gavin is a great friend and an inspiration to me with his tremendously positive attitude and love of life. I am glad to be back running and even more so that I can support him in this way.
I would like to embrace this idea to openly and publicly support Gavin in his challenging battle to fight Motor Neurone Disease (MND/ALS). Until recently, I have never heard about this disease. That is the reason why we need to collectively “spread the word” and find a universal remedy to help cure all the people that are diagnosed with MND. A public fundraising event is one of the best ways to bring more awareness.
– Jack Cernohorsky
I am running for Gavin as I like his approach to life, his mindset, his positive thinking despite his diagnosis. By me running I would like to honor him for all that he does, for how he motivates others, for his strength, and mind. Good luck Gavin!
– Lukas Hons
I got to know Gavin 3 years ago when I joined Gavin’s group and HP (rejoined). Part of the appeal in joining was Gavin’s passion for the role and group that he had created. Over the last 3 years our roles have evolved but the one constant, despite all things going on in Gavin’s life, has been Gavin’s drive and commitment to our customers. I’m hoping to raise some money and awareness to help Gavin spend some more quality time with his friends and family, and of course with “his team”.
– Gordon Roders
I would like to help Gavin, because his approach to life even when he was diagnosed with MND is amazing. He is a very good example how people should fight and enjoy their life. Most important is to have the love of your family and friends. And we as Gavin’s friends will do our best to tell the world more about Gavin and his amazing approach.
– Penka Palieva
Running to support a fantastic guy and to make sure his sister looks good on the day!
Best wishes to you Gavin & I so look forward to seeing you on the 5th.
I am very lucky & proud to call Gavin Lanigan my good friend. I want Gav to have as much quality time with his family, friends & colleagues. I believe that his research participation will also assist in the wider on-going research battle against MND/ALS. Gav is an inspirational human being, a calm & wise listener, always positive, supportive, warm and engaging to one and all. A fun person to be around at all times.
I felt concerned when I heard about Gavin´s disease. I like Gavin´s attitude so if I can help, I will be more than happy. I normally run for myself, to stay fit and healthy but if it can help Gavin to receive better treatment and feel better, that would certainly please me. Hopefully, that would also bring more attention to help financing research, the more we are the better it is for Gavin and for all the other concerned people.
I want to run for Gavin as simply he is one of the warmest, most genuine, always positive guys that I’ve met. I was devastated when he was diagnosed and found it hard to imagine how he and his family would cope with it all. In truth, he’s dealt with his condition in true Gavin style, with determination and a smile. Running for him is the least I can do as I know that if things were different, he would have no hesitation in doing the same for someone in the same position.
Over the last five years, I’ve had the pleasure to know Gavin as not only a work colleague but more importantly as a close friend. Gavin’s response to his ALS diagnosis has been and continues to be an inspiration to us all. His enthusiastic spirit and innovative thinking have been critical to our teams within HP and are highly evident in the work that he is undertaking on behalf of himself and others with ALS. I am proud to be a member of Gavin’s running team.
I would like to dedicate my run in Amsterdam to supporting the Gavinliveslife.com campaign. I know Gavin as an active and passionate person, participating in running events in the past. I’m proud to be part of a great team that has created this amazing Gavinliveslife campaign to support Gavin’s personal fight to slow, stop and reverse the effect of ALS. Please show your support to Gavin by contributing to this fundraising.
Gavin is our brother-in-law and has been a huge part of our life. Since the shock of Gavin’s diagnosis his positivity has been inspirational to all. Craig and I would like to support Gavin anyway we can, so we will be running the 10k!
I first met Gavin back in 1988/89 when we both played juvenile football together with Pollock Juniors. Quickly we formed the “Shanigan & Lanigan” partnership – a partnership so good that at the time we were wanted by the best teams around!
We kept that partnership together moving to Ferguslie United where again we had continued success. Inevitably this special partnership resulted in a special friendship off the park as well, a friendship that has continued through the years right up until this present day.
I was lucky to play football at all levels for a very long time, that’s a lot of teams, playing alongside a lot of guys! Gavin is not only one of the best I ever played beside, he is also one of the nicest guys I have ever met, a gentleman, a guy who comes from a very, very special family, a guy who I am very lucky to call a friend.
After spending some time with Gavin this week, I soon realised I could help by dedicating my Loch Ness Marathon run on 28th September to Gavin’s Live Life campaign. I would like to ask all my family and friends to sponsor me for this event.
Gavin Lanigan is an inspiration, a great guy, a man who I respect so much and a special friend, please help him on his campaign.
Gavin and I have been HP colleagues and friends for more than 10 years. While working on major projects we have also had fun or a good laugh on other activities like skiing, golfing or running throughout that time. Gavin’s approach to dealing with his ALS diagnosis is incredible and absolutely inspiring to me and many, many other people. I am proud to be part of Gavin’s global fundraising campaign and I hope that together we all will be able to exceed our fundraising goal.
‘Never say Never again’ will always be synonymous with a Scotsman with no hair going back to do something he had previously done, with somewhat disappointing results.
I am upholding this fine tradition, and after previously saying ‘never again’, I recently completed the Dublin marathon, and this weekend, am taking part in a painful 15K mountain run.
The reason I am doing this, is to raise funds for my friend Gavin and his ‘Gavin Lives Life’ campaign.
I am very lucky and proud to call Gavin Lanigan my friend. I want Gav to have as much quality time as possible with his family, friends and colleagues. Please help me support Gav’s participation in research in the battle against Motor Neuron Disease/ALS.
Gav is an incredibly inspirational man, whose positive approach to life, and to fighting MNS/ALS is humbling.
I’ve had the great fortune of knowing Gavin for more than a few years, and it is always a pleasure to be in the company of such an all round decent, funny and helpful guy. Gavin’s attitude towards fighting his condition is really inspiring, and in keeping with his character. I hope that by doing these events, and raising funds, we can all help Gavin continue to pursue new drug trials, fight this condition, continue to live a full live and help others in the future too.
Since I saw Gavin sleeping at the front of the class on our very first day at University we have remained firm friends. Gav is simply one of the finest human beings I know. A more genuine, warm, balanced and supportive friend you could not wish to meet. To witness the constant positive manner with which Gavin has responded to his diagnosis and associated symptoms (whilst maintaining a sense of humour) has been truly inspiring and tells you everything about why he has a small army of friends running the GSR on his behalf. In playing my small part in this event, I hope to help Gav gain continued quality time with his family by raising funds to cover his medications….
I have been a close friend of Gav’s for around 25 years. During this time we have had a barrel load of laughs (normally also involving messers Reid and Whyte).
For more years than I can remember, the four of us made the annual Southside golfing 4 ball pilgrimage to far flung corners of Scotland. In fact, Gav and I had our 40th birthday together in St. Andrews (the home of golf) with around 20 family and friends.
Although aware of his ill health for some time, you can imagine what it was like when Gav told us he had MND earlier this year. During this time he has shown an unbelievably positive attitude and a real desire to carry on with life as normally as possible. We have spent a lot of time with Gav this year and I can honestly say I have never seen him display anything but an upbeat approach.
I’m raising money for Gavin because he has shown courage and great strength to live life to the full. He is not letting his condition stand in his way. A true sign of faith and belief.