Thousands raised in memory of popular Greencastle man Laurence Canning
The family of a well-known Greencastle man who died of a rare illness last year has raised more than six thousand euro in a bid to help others with the disease.
Father-of-four Laurence Canning, from Carrowhugh, died from motor neurone disease on July 31, 2015, just four months after he was first diagnosed.
MND is a degenerative disease that is almost always fatal and affects around three hundred people in Ireland at any given time.
Laurence was 63-years-old when he died, seven months after celebrating a fortieth wedding anniversary with wife Margaret.
To remember him and to raise awareness of the illness that claimed his life, the Canning family recently held a local walk, run and cycle fundraiser, which earned €6,119 for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association [IMNDA], a registered charity.
Stephen Canning praised the work of IMNDA but pointed to an alarming lack of support for sufferers like his father.
“There isn’t nearly enough help out there for people and their families. I can’t understand why in this day and age there isn’t more money pumped into tackling this disease.”
“It’s a terrible thing; no one really knows how bad it is until it comes to their own family,” he said.
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