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It was simply a few weeks after receiving the devastating MND prognosis that rugby legend Rob Burrow and spouse Lindsey first welcomed me into their house.

It was January 2020 and right here I used to be being made a cup of tea by the diminutive determine I had watched in awe from the terraces as he helped his beloved Leeds Rhinos – my hometown staff – conquer the world.

Rob’s speech was already beginning to fail however he was determined to introduce me to his spouse Lindsey – his childhood sweetheart who was giving the Daily Express her first ever interview.

With their son Jackson, the couple’s third little one, a recently-turned one-year-old crawling across the ground as we chatted, Rob instructed me in his gravelly voice how he had already began making audio recordings telling Jackson and sisters Macy and Maya phrases corresponding to “I love you”, “get down”, “stop doing that”, – on a regular basis dad feedback – as a result of he wished to be “surrounded by the sound of love and laughter” because the illness struck maintain.

It can be the primary of many instances Rob Burrow would problem my skill to maintain tears from dropping onto my notepad.

Doctors had warned he was more likely to reside between one to 2 years however Rob vowed to me he would outlive that prognosis. Four and a half years later he was true to his phrase, little doubt helped by the outstanding help of Lindsey and their kids, and their surrounding close-knit household together with Rob’s dad and mom Geoff and Irene, and sisters Claire and Joanne.

At that early stage each Rob and physiotherapist Lindsey, knew what was coming with the sickness, there was no blind optimism. They had already spoken with Scottish rugby union legend Doddie Weir whose unbridled positivity was accompanied by a forthright rationalization of his personal plight. But at that stage neither had any thought of what a large affect Rob would have on MND consciousness all over the world – or the thousands and thousands he would assist elevate. He merely wished to attempt to assist others.

He mentioned on the time: “I’m aware I have a public profile and I now need to raise awareness of the disease to help people who are not as lucky. The postman or labourer who live alone and suddenly get the same diagnosis. I need to help those people as well as myself and my own family.

“There is presently just one drug obtainable and that has been round for 28 years. There have to be extra we are able to do.”

Two days later the primary case of Covid 19 was confirmed within the UK and weeks later the nation went into lockdown.

A deliberate Easter meet-up with the Burrows needed to be cancelled however I remained in textual content contact with Rob. The subsequent time we bodily met was mid-2021 and he was reliant on his specially-adapted wheelchair and wanted a pc to speak however he was ecstatic he had fulfilled his promise of reworking the nationwide dialog about MND.

I confess I feared that may be the final time I noticed him alive – little did I do know he was solely simply getting began.