On March 23, 2014, while playing for the Newcastle Knights against the Melbourne Storm, 22-year old second-rower Alex McKinnon suffered a career-ending neck injury following a routine tackle that went horrible wrong.
He was placed in a coma and over the past two months has shown incredible courage and is now talking and vowing to walk again.
To celebrate McKinnon’s courage, the National Rugby League has launched the Rise For Alex round which will take place in round 19.
North Queensland Cowboys superstar Jonathan Thurston will trade his number 6 jersey for number 16, and the Knights have already retired the number 16 jersey for the rest of the season.
Channel 9’s The Footy Show (NRL) will host a telethon to raise money for McKinnon and fans can also donate money at www.riseforalex.org.au or by texting RiseForAlex to 0498 555 555.
The Rise For Alex Fund has been set up to help McKinnon with ongoing financial and medical support as he continues his rehabilitation.
The NRL is playing its’ part by donating $1 for every fan that attends a game over the round.
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