Penrith Panthers legend Royce Simmons has opened up on his battle with Alzheimer’s.
Simmons has never backed down from a contest and the 61-year-old told Fox League he doesn’t intend on starting now.
The former Kangaroos and Blues hooker is raising money and awareness to fight the disease through his charity event Royce’s Big Walk.
Simmons will depart his home town of Gooloogong on May 17 and walk 300km to Penrith where he’ll arrive at BlueBet Stadium 10 days later in time to see the Panthers take on the Cowboys on May 27.
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“I’m going ok.” Simmons said.
“I was told by the doctor that I’ve got Alzheimer’s and straight away you think what impact is this going to have on your family and it’s going to be a massive impact on my wife, my children and the grandkids.
“It’s more about them, the poor buggers, than it is about me.
“I’ve decided to do this walk to try and raise some awareness, not so much the money.
“Like do people know that it’s the biggest killer of women in the world. It’s the second biggest killer in men and we need to fix it up and we need to do something about it.
“I’m virtually just saying thank you to all the hard working doctors and nurses and everything that work with the people that got Alzheimer’s and those that are trying to look for an answer to fix it and those who care for them every day. They’re just magic people.
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“I’m looking forward to it because, then all the works done and can just go on and have a walk and enjoy it. I would’ve been happy to get $100,000 but we’ve now upped the anti to half a million and we’re hoping to go a bit over that as well.
“We really thank everyone out there for their support, around town is just amazing here in Penrith.
“The people here who support you yell out to you and thumbs up and all that sort of thing, so I’m really looking forward to the walk and hopefully during summer this research over the next ten years is something and might get some kind of result.”
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