Sam Burgess will join Rugby League Cares in cycling from Niagara Falls to New York City as they aim to raise funds for Rob Burrow.
The former Great Britain and England international will help lead 20 riders on a 500-mile off-road cycling challenge from the Niagara Falls to Manhattan in early May.
All funds Burgess raises will be split between Burrow and RL Cares – the sport’s official charity in the UK.
Burgess said: “I was really moved when I heard of Rob’s diagnosis: MND is a horrible disease and one that my own family know all too well from losing our dad, Mark to it back in 2007.
“When the docs advised me not to play again last year because of my crocked shoulder, it was devastating news, but Rob’s situation puts everything into perspective.
“Cycling all the way from Niagara Falls to New York City is going to be a massive challenge but it will be a real privilege and an honour to do it for Rob and RL Cares, who make such a positive difference to people’s lives.
“I’d like to thank Souths for their understanding in giving me time off to join the Empire State 500. I’m looking forward to it. The training is going to be tough, but not as tough as it will be for the other riders riding through the cold and wet of an English winter!
“The Rugby League family is amazing and I hope Australian fans will get behind this and help us raise as much as we can for two great causes.”
To donate to Burgess’ fundraising efforts, click here.
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