Bob conquers the motor neurone disease obstacles
MOTOR neurone disease sufferer Bob Delaney was determined to join his fellow cyclists for their annual long distance ride on the weekend.
However, due to the disease's progression, he was forced to ride in the support vehicle this year.
The bike ride began two years ago when Mr Delaney and 12 of his mates rode 850km from Northern NSW to Narrabri to raise money for the Northern Rivers Motor Neurone Disease Association.
And despite being in the fourth year of the disease, which often claims sufferers within two to three years, Mr Delaney managed to complete 600kms of the ride.
Last year the cyclists undertook a 250km Lismore to Brisbane ride, of which Mr Delaney rode 140kms.
Mr Delaney's brother-in-law, Kim Evans, said this year's ride was more of a social event than a fundraiser.
“We wanted to celebrate that Bob is still with us,” Mr Evans said.
Last Friday, 18 cyclists set off from Lismore in sweltering conditions. “It was so hot the tar was melting,” Mr Evans said.
The group arrived in Brisbane the following afternoon.
Mr Evans said Mr Delaney was a hero to everyone on the ride.
“He was a very good rugby league player,” Mr Evans said.
However, it is for the courage and determination Mr Delaney has shown in his battle against the disease that Mr Evans admires him the most.
“He has just been so positive,” he said. “He is determined to be a spokesperson for the disease to raise awareness.”
Mr Evans said the cause of motor neurone disease was still unknown.