Kevin Bridges Will Host MND Charity Event For Gordon Aikman [VIDEO]
Scottish stand-up comedian, Kevin Bridges, has been confirmed to host the "Stand Up Against MND" show at Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival on March 20. The charity event aims to raise funds for MND Scotland at the King's Theatre, Glasgow.
The event is in memory of Motor Neuron Disease patient and campaigner Gordon Aikman, who died last month at age 31. Gordon previously worked as director of research for "Better Together." Gordon was diagnosed with MND in 2014, which inspired him to form the Gordon's Fightback campaign that has raised over £500,000 of money for research to help fund a cure for the disease, according to the BBC.
Motor neuron disease is a serious, rare condition and an incurable form of progressive neurodegeneration where the nerves in the spine and brain lose function over time. According to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, 50 percent of MND patients die within 14 months of diagnosis and others die within five years. A unique exception has baffled doctors in the case of reknowned English physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking who has lived with MND for over 40 years.
The Broadway World reported that alongside host Kevin Bridges, Stand Up Against MND also features other comedians such as Des Clarke, Fred MacAulay, Darren Connell, Susie McCabe, Ray Bradshaw, Elaine Malcolmson, Scott Agnew, and Jim Smith.
The event is in its third year and has raised over £30,000 in support of Gordon's Fightback and MND Scotland. Kevin Bridges said he couldn't wait for the show as he sees it as a good laugh for a great cause with a line-up that included top comedy stars. Bridges encourages people to get a ticket to help fund a cure for MND.
Gordon's close friend, Lawrence Cowan, also Chairman of MND Scotland said that every ticket bought will help fund a cure for future generations of MND patients. She said that the fightback will not stop until they find a cure for Motor Neuron Disease.