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Guys had a chat with Kevin's wife Sue this afternoon. For those of you unaware Kev has gone downhill rapidly over the last 3-4 weeks and is now in a care home in Kirkby. Was shocked to learn he is only 68.
Kev was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago. It is a degenerative brain disease with unclear causes but associated with genetics, head trauma and high blood pressure. Former footballers are more than 3 times more likely to suffer from it. There was an Alzheimer’s fundraiser match held in May 2017 under Kev’s name. Kev & Sue continued to attend virtually every home match until a few months ago and was generally good humoured and informative about football past and present, although he had his good days/spells and bad spells. Best wishes to him and also to Sue who has lovingly cared for him during this difficult time.
Last season, I had the privilege to play in the same walking football team as Kev in a tournament. However we had to send him to play at Centre Forward instead of his natural position in defence because he kept giving away penalties by stepping into the ‘penalty area’. It was a crying shame that he couldn’t understand the need to keep out the ‘penalty area’.
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Just to add that Sue was so chuffed that Krystian Pearce took time out of his day to call into the Care Home and see Kev. It was one of his "good days" and they sat chatting football for over 1 hour. It made his day.
The Chief has had some stick this year but just goes to show the bloke cares.
Very interesting listen on the Joe Rogan Podcast with a fella called Paul Stammets who researches fungi. He claims there is groundbreaking research using a certain type of fungi called Lions Mane along with small doses of Magic Mushrooms, can spark the production of new neurones in the brain and potentially lead to a cure as such for Alzheimers. I really hope it leads that way, it's a terrible condition and really hard to witness. I wish Birdie and his lovely wife all the best.