23 Nov 2015
Motor Neurone Disease
Last year my former colleague Gordon Aikman was diagnosed with the cruel and devastating Motor Neurone Disease (MND) at just 29 years old. MND is a rare, progressive and debilitating disease. There is no cure. Gordon has been handed a death sentence. Despite this degenerative disease taking over his body, Gordon has thrown himself into fundraising for MND Scotland and last week he smashed the £400,000 mark in his bid to fund research into a cure for the disease. Last week he also received an award naming him as campaigner of the year for his ‘Gordon’s Fightback’ campaign. As well as raising thousands of pounds for this vital research, Gordon has also persuaded First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to increase funding for MND support in Scotland. After meeting with Gordon she doubled the number of specialist nurses in Scotland from 7 to 14. Gordon is an inspiration. He doesn’t expect to benefit in any way but he refuses to give up on ensuring we find a cure for future generations. If you’d like to find out more about Gordon’s campaign you can visit www.GordonsFightback.com or you can make a donation at www.JustGiving.com/GordonAikman.