Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow met with Doddie Weir just six days after his devastating motor neurone disease diagnosis – and says it has inspired him for the battle ahead.
Burrow said: “I saw Doddie get the award on Sunday night and watched his documentary on Monday – it was inspiring before even meeting him.
“In fact if I hadn’t have met him, I was still inspired enough to kick on.
I met with @Rob7Burrow last night and offered him whatever help and support he might need at what is a difficult time for him. Meeting another sportsman suffering from MND has strengthened my resolve to help find a solution to this condition— Doddie Weir OBE (@DoddieWeir5) December 19, 2019
“Me talking to Doddie was amazing, so if I could do that in a year’s time for somebody that’s just started, that’s great.
“Awareness is massive – in 10 years’ time they might heal somebody and find a cure so I’m keen to help.
“I’m young, 37, when the average age is about 60 – older people might give up but I’m not going to.
Today has been a big day for me and my family but I would like you all to know I have read every message and post. I can’t explain how overwhelmed I am at the reaction I have had from people throughout our amazing sport.— Rob Burrow (@Rob7Burrow) December 19, 2019
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!
“The average lifespan is three years, but I’m a lot younger.
“I haven’t got a goal in my head, but unrealistic is 10 years, realistic I think is five years.
“I’ll always remain positive, and with the support I’ve got around me how can I not be?”