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Jarrod Cunningham

Jarrod Cunningham

Following a successful career in New Zealand rugby, Kiwi-born Jarrod played Premiership rugby for five years before being diagnosed in 2003 with a form of Motor Neurone Disease, called ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). He was given 18 months to live.

For the next four years, Jarrod fought his illness with the same determination, stubbornness and inspiration that he had shown as a player. He used his profile to raise awareness of MND, and raised funds to help provide hope, education and inspiration to fellow sufferers.

Jarrod received a donation to help with his medical costs, and he moved back to his native New Zealand in 2004. He passed away in 2007, aged just 38.