Overwhelming influx of donations crashes MND charity website following Stephen Hawking's death

 mashable.com  3/14/2018 11:39:10 AM   Rachel Thompson

In the aftermath of Stephen Hawking's death, the website for the Motor-Neurone Disease (MND) Association has crashed due to an overwhelming influx of donations. 

Hawking was diagnosed with MND—a fatal degenerative condition that affects the brain and nerves—in 1963 and was given two years to live by doctors. He battled the condition, which is also known as ALS, for a further 55 years until his death early Wednesday morning. 

We've had an influx of donations this morning following the death of Professor Stephen Hawking. Our website is currently down. We're working to get it live as soon as possible.

Thank you all for your support. If you're trying to donate, you can visit https://t.co/qn203FsnFh #MND

— MND Association (@mndassoc) March 14, 2018

In a tweet, the charity asked those wanting to donate to visit a dedicated JustGiving page

The @mndassoc is saddened to learn the death of Professor Stephen Hawking, Patron since 2008.

Our thoughts are with Professor Hawking’s family. Throughout his inspirational life Professor Hawking played a vital role in raising awareness of motor neurone disease around the world.

— MND Association (@mndassoc) March 14, 2018

The charity payed tribute to Hawking for playing a "vital role in raising awareness of motor neurone disease" on a global scale. 

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