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Jarrod Cunningham passes away

Jarrod Cunningham passes away

Well known rugby identity Jarrod Cunningham passed away in Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, early this morning after a determined battle with Motor Neuron disease.

Jarrod was diagnosed with ALS, a form of Motor Neuron in 2001 while playing rugby in the United Kingdom but remained determined to fight the disease while raise awareness for MND throughout the world.

At the time he was given two years to live but was determined to prove to the medical profession wrong.

Only on Saturday Cunningham officially opened his former club's new clubrooms in Havelock North. Following this he attended a charity event to further raise awareness of MND.

Cunningham represented Hawke's Bay, New Zealand Maori, Auckland Blues, Wellington Hurricanes and London Irish. He was also an All Black Trialist.

Milton Cunningham said his son was determined and focussed throughout life and even more so in the later stages of his battle.

"He was always looking forward positively and had planned to cycle around Lake Taupo later this year as a fundraising event," he said.

"Jarrod had a fantastic rugby career and we hope that everyone will remember him for his loyalty and positive approach to life."

Care giver Mark Foote said Jarrod was a fighter to the end and last night they had planned out this week's fitness regime.

Jarrod will remain at his home in Havelock North. Funeral arrangements will be announced within the next 24 hours.


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