Centurions To Support Action 4 Alfie & Two Hips, One Knee Fundraisers With Bucket Collection At Sunday’s Game

Inspirational Alfie Sales and his parents will be special guests of Leigh Centurions on Sunday. A bucket collection will be held before the game to raise money for Alfie’s fundraiser, Action 4 Alfie, and also Rosey McNally’s “Two Hips & One Knee” fundraiser.

Alfie and his sister Mila Rose will be this week’s team mascots and will lead the Centurions out as they take on the Bradford Bulls.

He will also enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of LSV.

Alfie suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a rare, progressive, muscle wasting disease. Those suffering from DMD are unable to produce dystrophin, which is a protein essential for the repair and stability of muscle fibres. Without dystrophin, muscle cells are damaged and replaced with connective tissue. DMD affects approximately 1 in 5,000 male births with an estimated 300,000 sufferers worldwide. There is unfortunately no cure. Until relatively recently, boys with DMD usually did not survive much beyond their teen years. Thanks to advances in cardiac and respiratory care, life expectancy is increasing and many young adults with DMD attend college, have careers, get married and have children. Survival into the early 30s is becoming more common, and there are cases of men living into their 40s and 50s.

Rosey McNally, the wife of Leigh Centurions star and crowd favourite Gregg McNally suffers from Avascular necrosis (AVN). AVN is a condition that happens when there is loss of blood to the bone. Because bone is living tissue that requires blood, an interruption to the blood supply causes bone to die. If not stopped, AVN can cause the bone to collapse.

Rosey has already had one hip replaced, a procedure which the NHS were unable to offer and for which in excess of £10,000 was raised to complete, but in order to be free of AVN Rosey needs another new hip and a new knee. Rosey and Gregg’s children Bella and Harry will join Alfie and Mila Rose in leading out the Centurions on Sunday.

Bradford Bulls have been very supportive of Gregg and Rosey McNally throughout Gregg’s tenure as a player at Odsal, which was greatly appreciated by the McNally family. Both of these are very worthy causes, and we at Leigh Centurions are proud to support them.

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