Doddie Weir hopes that research into a cure for Motor Neurone Disease can restart, as research centres prepare to re-open following the Coronavirus pandemic.
The 61-times capped Scotland internationalist was diagnosed with MND just before Christmas 2016, and revealed the news the following summer.
And on Good Morning Britain this morning (Friday), the former Melrose and Newcastle Falcons lock spoke about living with the condition during the lockdown.
As you may understand, MND has been around for an awful long while. There’s only one drug that came out thirty years ago and nothing has happened since.
“So, people with MND, they have no chance. The only drug that we do have at the moment is your mind, your positivity – if you’ve got that then you’re in a good shape.”
Due to his diagnosis, Doddie is classed as high risk and has been shielding at home, but now hopes research centres – working to find a cure for MND – can re-open.
“2020 was going to be a great year for trials, but they’ve been put on hold. Now, they can resume again and give people with MND a little glimmer, a little hope that there’s things happening behind the scenes.”
To mark MND Global Awareness Day, the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation is hosting a Doddie Dog Walk on Sunday.
Dog collars – in the foundation’s tartan – have been made and people are being urged to take pictures of their dogs and send them to the foundation’s social media pages.
“This very bad disease that I’ve got, and many others have, there is still no cure. So to make people aware about what it’s all about, there is a ‘Doddie Dog Walk’ happening on Sunday.
“People go on that, and take pictures of their dog and send it to my social media pages. We’ve got some special collars and dog tartan to make the day a bit more special.”
Image caption: Doddie Weir has spoken about life during lockdown. Image credit: Fotosport/David Gibson