NRL’s Emotional Fundraiser Celebrates Alex McKinnon’s Progress After Career Ending Injury

Rugby League steps up for a great cause.

1. Back in March Newcastle Knight’s player Alex Mckinnon was involved in a horrific tackle which saw him suffer fractures to both his C4 and C5 vertebrae.

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His spinal cord wasn’t severed but doctors predicted he may never walk again.

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2. This past weekend, the NRL came together for the #RiseForAlex round, an initiative to raise funds for Mckinnon’s ongoing medical and change of lifestyle bills.

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3. Players from each team wore #RiseForAlex wristbands sold for $2 at each ground, with $1 from every ticket sale over the weekend also going towards the fund.

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4. Many Aussie sporting greats also shared their support for the inspirational Mckinnon:

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Support @mckinnon92 @jarrydhayne_1: buy a wristband or donate by texting RiseForAlex to 0498 555 566 @dailytelegraph

— Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill)
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Again today I find myself in awe of the positive attitude & outlook of @NRLKnights @mckinnon92 #RiseForAlex

— Andrew Voss (@AndrewVoss9)
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8. Mckinnon was at the front of his team’s lineup on Sunday, as he made what was an emotional return to the Knight’s home ground.

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9. The NRL community have so far raised more than $1 Million for the RiseForAlex fund.

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10. The touching initiative still has one more night of fundraising, with tonight’s game seeing Alex’s old club St. George Illawarra take on the Manly Sea Eagles.

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Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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