Joost takes MND battle global

2013-11-16 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Joost van der Westhuizen is set to team up with University of Edinburgh’s researchers to help tackle the Motor Neuron Disease (MND) he suffers from.

Van der Westhuizen (42), diagnosed with MND in 2011, is currently in Edinburgh where the Boks tackle Scotland in a Test match.

After being diagnosed, Van der Westhuizen set up the J9 Foundation, which provides support and care to people with MND.

According to the BBC News website, Van der Westhuizen was set to launch the new collaboration with scientists from the University of Edinburgh yesterday.

The new partnership will see members and supporters of the foundation meet experts from the university’s Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research to discuss the latest research.

J9’s visit to Edinburgh is part of a 10-day tour of the United Kingdom aimed at raising awareness and funds to support those affected by the illness.

Van der Westhuizen, who has since been confined to a wheelchair, said he is excited about the new project.

He said they are not only raising awareness and funds, but for the first time also “bringing international research partnerships home”.

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