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Determined Daniher inspires footy world

Former AFL player and coach Neale Daniher has spoken to the Melbourne players about the illness which will claim his life, and his hope of one day finding a cure.

Daniher, who played 82 games for Essendon before coaching the Demons for 10 years, including the 2000 Grand Final, revealed in August last year he was battling motor neurone disease.

MND is a neurological disorder which eventually shuts down the cells that control voluntary muscle activity such as speaking, walking, swallowing, and general movement.

Currently, there is no treatment or cure for MND and life expectancy after diagnosis is around two years.

Featured on Channel Seven’s football coverage throughout the weekend, Daniher told the Melbourne players he’ll find a cure for the illness he calls “a beast of a disease”.

“It doesn’t kill you quick, it kills you slowly. It kills you by slowly paralysing you,” Daniher said.

“My vision is a world without MND. I’ll get there. I might be six-foot under but we’ll get there.”

Partnered with former Essendon teammate and great friend Tim Watson, Daniher has created the ‘Big Freeze at the G’ initiative to help raise funds for MND research with a group of celebrity and media personalities to be dunked down a giant slide into ice-cold water before the Queen’s Birthday clash between Melbourne and Collingwood on June 8.

If you want to help raise money for MND research visit