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GORDON AIKMAN, MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE PATIENT AND CAMPAIGNER HAS DIED

Gordon Aikman, the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) patient and campaigner, has died. He was 31. 

Left to right, Gordon Aikman and Joe Pike. 

Gordon was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) at the age of 29 in 2014. Following his diagnosis, he formed the Gordon's Fightback campaign (gordonsfightback.comsuccessfully lobbying the First Minister to double the number of MND nurses and fund them through the NHS.

He also raised over £500,000 for research to help fund a cure for the terminal condition. 

He received a British Empire Medal in the Queen's 2015 Birthday Honours and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in the same year for his work to transform care for people with MND and efforts to find a cure.  

His family said in a statement: 

"We are heartbroken. Gordon was beautiful, kind, funny and utterly determined. He achieved more in the few short years after his diagnosis with MND than many of us do in a lifetime. Gordon's campaigning and fundraising has truly inspired people, changed lives across Scotland and we are so proud of him. We will miss him terribly."

If anyone would like to support Gordon's efforts to fund a cure for MND please donate at GordonsFightback.com or text MNDS85 £10 to 70070. 

Gordon's key achievements include: 

Securing a doubling of MND nurses, as well as their funding through the NHS - A move that has transformed care for people with MND in Scotland. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-30706731

Securing legislation that guarantees people a right to a voice if they lose theirs - There is now a legal duty on the NHS to provide equipment and support to people who lose their voices through conditions like MND. http://www.scotsman.com/news/msps-back-law-to-provide-voice-equipment-to-those-in-need-1-4012674

British Empire Medal in the Queen Birthday Honours List 2015 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-33114014 

Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh - https://stv.tv/news/east-central/1322710-honorary-degree-for-motor-neurone-disease-campaigner-gordon-aikman

Alongside other campaigners, securing a commitment from the Scottish Government to pay carers the Living Wage.

Aikman was a senior adviser to the Scottish Labour Party and Better Together's Director of Research.

He married journalist Joe Pike in March 2015.  http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/wedding-bells-for-mnd-campaigner-1-3735046  

Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive and debilitating disease that attacks the brain and the spinal chord. It leads to weakness and muscle wasting and can affect how patients talk, eat and breathe.  There is no cure.