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Lending muscle to special cause

Vodafone Warriors players Jackson Frei and Adam Keighran have put some muscle behind this year’s campaign to raise funds to find a cure for Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a rare debilitating, degenerative neuro-muscular disease.

It’s a disease which resonates with Vodafone Warriors players and staff who met Friedrich’s Ataxia sufferer Brad Croawell during the club’s 20th anniversary season in 2015.

A passionate Vodafone Warriors fan, Brad spent time at Mount Smart Stadium watching training and meeting players and staff including his two favourites and club legends Manu Vatuvei and Simon Mannering.

Sadly, the courageous Brad lost his battle with Friedrich’s Ataxia in August last year, passing away at the age of just 24.

The ‘Lend Us Some Muscle’ campaign was established in 2017.

It encourages people around the world to walk, run, cycle, swim, surf or do anything to get their heart pumping. They register online, receive ‘Lend Us Some Muscle’ tattoos, photograph themselves flexing their muscles and share via social media.

Only about 60 people are affected by FA in New Zealand.

The Croawell family and friends are walking in support of the ‘Lend Us Some Muscle’ campaign at Panmure Basin at 10.00 tomorrow morning (Sunday, May 19).

CLICK HERE for more information about the Croawells' walk and to support ‘Lend Us Some Muscle’.

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