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Smash MND

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FightMND is an Official Charity partner of the Australian Open, and the campaign Smash MND will raise support and funds for the fight against Motor Neurone Disease (MND) over the summer of tennis.

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Fight MND is a cause close to the heart of the tennis community, with former players Brad Drewett, Angie Cunningham, and most recently Peter Doohan succumbing to this incurable disease. Tennis has committed to support Fight MND in their mission to find a cure and support those suffering from this debilitating terminal disease.

Barnsey to Smash MND at the tennis

Australian rock icon Jimmy Barnes will headline the first ever FightMND charity concert at the AO Live Stage on Sunday 14 January 2018.

Before the Australian Open kicks off enjoy a night at Birrarung Marr with Barnesy, Dallas Crane and special guests, banding together to raise awareness and funds for the fight against Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

Jimmy Barnes is the heart and soul of Aussie Rock and Roll. After 40 years on stages of all kinds, Jimmy is an icon – his nickname “Barnesy” conjures up thoughts of rock music at an ear-splitting volume, and of soul standards given a unique reading.

As frontman of the legendary Cold Chisel, to his distinguished solo career, Jimmy has had more #1 albums than any other Australian artist and been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Twice.

Jimmy has been through it all and lived to tell the tale detailing it all in his bestselling memoirs, Working Class Boy and Working Class Man, adding bestselling author to his resume and cementing his place in Australia’s heart and heartland. Along the way, he has sold more records in Australia than any other domestic rock & roll artist. Jimmy’s live shows are legendary for their intensity.

Triple ARIA Award nominated Australian alternative rock band Dallas Crane will start the evening, along with some great activities to help support the FightMND cause

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What is MND

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is the name given to a group of diseases in which the nerve cells (neurones) controlling the muscles that enable us to move around, speak, swallow and breathe fail to work normally and eventually die. With no nerves to activate them the muscles gradually weaken and waste.

With no residual muscles or strength, MND patients are left motionless, mute, and trapped within their once active bodies. In the majority, the mind and intellect are left intact, with the sufferer bearing witness to it all. The patterns of weakness and rate of progression vary from person to person, and while some people can live a long time with MND, the average life expectancy is 27 months from diagnosis.