MND stands for motor neurone disease. It is what killed Professor Stephen Hawking and it is what is killing Rob Burrow who, in spite of his short stature, was a tigerish rugby league player.
He played for England and Great Britain but he spent his entire club career with Leeds RLFC. He is only forty years old but his body and indeed his life are ebbing away because of MND. He can't talk without technical assistance and he is wheelchair bound, requiring hoists for bathing and for getting in and out of bed. He remains in his own home with the support of his angelic wife Lindsey and their three children.
One of Rob's teammates at Leeds was the legendary Kevin Sinfield who captained both his club and his country and remains the highest scorer ever in Superleague history. They were always close friends.
Two years ago, realising Rob's dilemma and better understanding what MND does to its victims, Kevin Sinfield was determined to raise a significant amount of money for Rob and various MND charities. He set out to run seven marathons in seven days, planning to raise £77,777 - seven being Rob Burrow's shirt number. In the event, Kevin raised over £2 million!
Currently, Kevin Sinfield is in the middle of another physically challenging attempt to raise yet more funds for his old mate and the national battle against MND. This time the target is £777,777 but already he has raised £647,724.30. His aim is to run seven ultra-marathons in a row from Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh to The Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester - where the Rugby League World Cup Final between Australia and Samoa will kick off this coming Saturday.
Kevin Sinfield's admirable charity running and its worthy cause have inspired Shirley and I to donate before and tonight we donated again. It is the least we can do. If you would like to donate too - go here. I am not sure how this might work out with visitors from other lands with different currencies.