Leeds Rhinos Rob Burrow makes emotional plea to government following death of friend and MND campaigner

Leeds Rhinos’ Rob Burrow will forever be remembered by the rugby league community – not just for his incredible talent on the field but now his determined efforts off it.

Burrow was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease back in December 2019 in news that devastated and shocked the rugby league fraternity to its core.

The Leeds halfback won everything possible on the field and won everything off it with a brilliant family and support system, but that world came crashing down almost three years ago when Burrow heard the news that he didn’t have long to live.

However, since that moment, Burrow has been determined to raise both money and awareness of the disease whilst his lifelong friend and former teammate Kevin Sinfield has been instrumental in getting the world to know about Rob and his plight.

Sinfield has raised millions over the past two-and-a-half years, not least in his remarkable quest of 101 miles in 24 hours with the figure now standing at just under £3 million.

Yet, despite being promised an extra £50 million from the government to fund the necessary research into the disease, that money has never been forthcoming and now Rob has once more taken to social media to highlight the plight that those with MND have to face.

Indeed, it was an emotional tweet, referencing the passing of one of his friends who too had MND, ‘Len’, and calling on the government to put their money where their mouth is.

Rob tweeted: “I am sad to hear of the passing of a mnd warrior len Johnrose. I’m sick of this tory government not allowing the funds?. Rip len.”

That plight was stressed by Rob’s father, Geoff, who has been by Rob’s side throughout his life and even more so in his time of need.

Geoff tweeted: “Yes RIP Len – you were one of those MND warriors who led the fight for awareness and I am truly heartbroken by your passing come on now – get on with funding as “promised” by this government.”

Of course, getting through to this Tory government is incredibly difficult, with a stubborn buffoon in charge of the UK and an ever-increasing list of broken promises.

DO the right thing!

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