The Parramatta Eels and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks will join forces in a special fundraising event leading into their Round Two NRL clash.
The Johnny Mannah Walk 4 Lymphoma, from CommBank Stadium to PointsBet Stadium, aims to raise much-needed funds for a worthy cause.
Johnny, who played for both the Eels and Sharks, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2009.
He bravely battled the disease until losing his fight in January 2013 at the age of 23.
Eels legend and Johnny’s brother Tim Mannah will join a host of former NRL stars for the 35km trek including Luke Lewis, Ben Ross, Jeremy Latimore, Adam Dykes, Jonathan Docking, and Craig Gower as well as Eels CEO Jim Sarantinos and Sharks CEO Dino Mezzatesta.
Lymphoma is the number one cancer in people aged 15-29 and the third most common in children.
Throughout his treatment, Johnny was there for others in the lymphoma community and his passion to support sufferers will be continued and celebrated with this significant event.
The goal is to raise funds and awareness for Lymphoma Australia and see them appoint the first national nurse for young lymphoma patients.
Jim Sarantinos said the Club thinks it’s a wonderful initiative.
“Johnny has left a lasting legacy at the Eels and we look forward to honouring him with this walk, Sarantinos said.”
“We hope to raise some much needed funds and awareness for Lymphoma Australia and hand over a sizeable donation at our Round Two clash with the Sharks, he added.”
CommBank and PointsBet have already made considerable contributions in support of the walk, with all donations, big or small, welcomed and encouraged.
The walk will be held on Thursday 17 March ahead of Round Two.
The two clubs will also compete for the annual Johnny Mannah Cup, with the Eels currently holding the trophy.
You can support the “Walk 4 Johnny’ by making a donation HERE