Story

I'm dying. And fast. 

That - in short – was what my doctor told me just a few weeks ago when I was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. 

It’s not the news you expect when you are 29 years old. 

MND is a rare, progressive and debilitating disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. It leads to weakness and muscle wasting and will affect how I walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe.

There is no cure. 

That’s why I am doing all I can to raise money for MND Scotland – a great charity that funds and promotes research into the disease and provides support to people affected by Motor Neurone Disease.

It’ll be too late for me, but we must find a cure for the next generation.

With your help I can turn a negative into a positive. Please dig deep and donate what you can today. 

100% of the money you donate will be spent on trying to find a cure.

Thank you 

Gordon  

P.S. Please visit www.gordonsfightback.com to tell your your MP and MSPs to back my campaign to double MND research funding. 

Further information:

  • You can read my story in full here: www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/when-told-you-re-dying-you-face-a-choice-1-3444439 
  • You can follow me on Twitter at @GordonAikman. Hashtags: #FundACure #MND #GordonsFightback  


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UPDATE: You can now donate by text message too! For example, text "MNDS85 £5" to 70070 to donate £5. 

Updates 11

For the latest, check out GordonsFightback.com or I am @GordonAikman on Twitter :)

29/01/15 05:45

From today I am Sunday Times columnist! Here is the first of my ‪#‎MNDiaries‬: thetim.es/1Bl1kzE

25/01/15 07:59

WE DID IT! Nicola Sturgeon has today agreed to double the number of specialist MND nurses in Scotland. This will make such a BIG difference. Thank you for supporting GordonsFightback.com — Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-30706731

07/01/15 09:07

'Dying has taught me how to live' — My article in today's Scotland on Sunday: http://www.scotsman.com/news/gordon-aikman-dying-has-taught-me-how-to-live-1-3644998

28/12/14 06:25

THANK YOU! We've done it! £100,000 raised. 3,000+ donors. <6 months. WOW! Let's keep it going: JustGiving.com/GordonAikman

11/12/14 09:03

Raising money for

MND Scotland

MND Scotland

Charity Registration No. SC002662

Thank you for your support! MND Scotland is the only charity providing care, information and research funding for people affected by Motor Neurone Disease in Scotland. For more information see our main website: www.mndscotland.org.uk.

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Donation by Anonymous on 01/03/15

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I was so moved and humbled when I listened to you on LBC Radio. Your doing an amazing job. xx

Donation by Anonymous on 27/02/15

Gordon, my admiration for you is endless. I lost my Mum to MND and I pray that a cure will be found through research. Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding. Donation is from my car boot sale.

Donation by Cecilia on 27/02/15

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Read your Sunday Times article, well done for doing so much to raise awareness

Donation by Anonymous on 26/02/15

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Keep going Gordon - you are an example of living life to the full. To quote Abraham Lincoln " and in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your year".

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Your husband to be is a lucky man! Congrats on the upcoming wedding. As everyone has said, you really are an inspiration. Wishing you all the best. xxx

Donation by Stuart Wilson on 23/02/15

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So, people can come together in DC: who knew? A really thought provoking and inspirational piece in Sunday Times. Thanks

Donation by David Salmond on 22/02/15

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Moved by your Sunday times article. And thanks for your work for Better Together!

Donation by Anonymous on 22/02/15

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Congratulations to you both! Get that wedding organised ASAP too. Loved your article in S Times.Best of luck, enjoy your life. XXXX

Donation by annamaria on 23/02/15

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Well done on this terrific campaign

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You are an inspiring guy, Gordon!

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Donation summary

  • * Online donations£86,264.68
  • Offline donations£129,260.18
  • Text donations£7,061.00
  • Total raised£222,585.86
  • Gift Aid£20,219.94

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