Laura cuts off hair to back her hus­band’s MND bat­tle

Evening Times - - NEWS - To sup­port the cou­ple and help Michael pur­chase the med­i­ca­tion, visit GoFundMe https://www.­ning BY STACEY MULLEN

ABRAVE Glas­gow woman has shaved off her long locks to raise aware­ness of Motor Neu­rone Dis­ease – a con­di­tion her hus­band is cur­rently bat­tling.

Laura Can­ning, 34, cut off sev­eral inches of her hair on Wed­nes­day to show sup­port for her hus­band Michael, 39, who was di­ag­nosed last year.

At present Michael is un­able to get a drug called Nuedexta on the NHS be­cause it costs too much.

The fam­ily has there­fore opted to pur­chase the treat­ment pri­vately to help man­age the symp­toms of the life-lim­it­ing dis­ease.

Motor Neu­rone Dis­ease is a con­di­tion that af­fects the brain and nerves. It causes weak­ness that gets worse over time and there is no cure.

As part of that fundrais­ing drive for the med­i­ca­tion, glam­orous Laura de­cided to shave off her hair – and she even videoed the life-chang­ing mo­ment.

Laura, who is from King’s Park but stays in Mount Florida, said: “I could ba­si­cally sit on my hair, it was that long, and it has been that long most of my life. I wanted to do some­thing ex­treme to kick off the fundrais­ing be­cause we are pay­ing a lot of money for this med­i­ca­tion.”

Kind-hearted Laura also do­nated her locks to the Lit­tle Princess Trust, which pro­vides free real hair wigs to chil­dren and young peo­ple with hair loss and funds vi­tal re­search into child­hood can­cers.

But the real mo­tive for her dras­tic change was to help her hus­band who has re­ceived more than £24,000 from gen­er­ous fam­ily and friends who have sup­ported the cou­ple through a GoFundMe page. Laura, who mar­ried Michael in May, said: “I did put a lot of thought into cut­ting my hair off be­cause it is such a big thing. But I am ab­so­lutely fine.

“It was worth it for all the recog­ni­tion it has got for my hus­band’s story. “We feel he has been told that there is noth­ing that can be done for him and he has just been left to die. It’s hor­ren­dous.”

She added: “We want to keep him as well as he can be for as long as he can be.

“He is the life and soul of the party. It is just so sad he has this. It is heart­break­ing.”

She ad­mit­ted that her hus­band was ini­tially shocked that she had de­cided to take such dras­tic ac­tion for the fundrais­ing drive – but dot­ing Laura man­aged to con­vince him other­wise.

She said: “You know what, it is only hair. This is far more im­por­tant.

She added: “I am so proud of my hus­band. He is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. He is in­spi­ra­tional and he has got on with it.

“I don’t think I could have han­dled it the way he has, he is just un­be­liev­able.”

Celtic leg­end Jimmy John­stone and Rangers icon Fer­nando Rick­sen both bat­tled Motor Neu­rone Dis­ease be­fore their tragic deaths.

For­mer Scot­tish rugby union player Doddy Weir set up a My Name’5 Dod­die Foun­da­tion to raise money for re­search into the dis­ease and to pro­vide grants for peo­ple liv­ing with the con­di­tion.

Laura and Michael Can­ning, main pic­ture, and above, Laura gets the chop

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