Rob Burrow: “This most importantly means that MND continues to be talked about and it is still in the public eye. I am overwhelmed by the response my diagnosis has had and I hope that the MND community knows. that it’s all because of them.”
Last Updated: 04/05/22 9:07 pm
Rob Burrow described his shock to be made an MBE by Princess Royal for rugby services and Motor Neuropathy Awareness.
Burrow, 39, enjoyed an illustrious playing career with the Leeds Rhinos. He won 8 Finals and 20 international caps before retiring from the sport in 2017. He was then diagnosed with Motor Nerve Disease (MND) in 2019.
Since her diagnosis, Burrow has openly shared her life and advocated for all those affected by the disease.
Burrow attended the coronation ceremony at Windsor Castle and received the MBE award from the Princess Royal, patron of the MND Society.
“I was shocked to receive the MBE award, it’s not something that was on my wish list but I am absolutely honored to receive this award,” said Burrow, who is currently speaking via computer, said.
“It was a great occasion for my family. Whatever reason to see my wife get dressed, she deserves it because of the amazing support she has given me and my family. I hope she enjoys the occasion as much as I do.
“It’s always been exciting for me to give loved ones an experience like no other. It takes my Lindsey out of her usual day-to-day care management.
“I’m very proud to receive this for my rugby and the awareness of MND.
“This most importantly means that MND continues to be talked about and it is still in the public eye. I am overwhelmed by the response my diagnosis has had and I hope that the MND community knows that it is all in the public eye. it’s for them.”
Chris James, from the MND Association, joined the former player and his family at Windsor Castle and said Rob’s efforts have encouraged others to raise funds for charity.
He said: “I think what Rob has done is incredibly brave, to live his journey with MND in the public eye like what he did. He did a huge job to raise the bar. awareness of MND, a disease that does not require as much concern as other diseases.
“We know it’s directly a result of Rob’s awareness that the MND Association has raised over £4 million as a result of this.”
Sally Light, CEO of the Motor Neuropathy Association, echoed James’s point.
“Rob has forgotten his choice to share his journey with MND with the world, which has motivated everyone to do whatever they can to help find a cure for this brutal disease.
“We feel incredibly proud to have Rob as a patron of the MND Association and I want to send my huge congratulations to Rob and his family on this special day.”