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