Author: J9


It was a sunny afternoon in Johannesburg in March 2011.  I was in the pool with a doctor friend of mine, playing games with my son. Dr. Henry Kelbrick noticed that my right arm was lagging slightly and he asked me if I have experienced weakness in my arm, he also noticed that my speech was slurred and he decided to send me to a neurologist for tests. On return of my test results, I was sitting in Dr. Kelbrick’s office when he broke the horrific news of my diagnosis to me.  I think it must have been one...

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Quest for a Cure

November 2013 When flight BA 54 from Johannesburg touches down at Heathrow Airport amid typically bleak London weather, it brings with it a ray of sunshine for sufferers of Motor Neuron Disease (MND). On board is former Springbok captain, Joost van der Westhuizen, a man who was advised in March that he would never again travel internationally. Almost a year after the 42nd birthday he was told he would likely not celebrate, this icon in world rugby is touring the UK on a quest for a cure for MND that attacks the central nervous system, causing progressive disability. There...

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Joost Tackles The Silver Screen

Bl!nk Pictures have responded with delight to news that the film “Joost: Spel van Glorie” has been selected to premier at the kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival later this month. The festival is a showcase of the best Afrikaans films, featuring special full-length film premieres, short films, discussion panels and an award ceremony. This year the festival adds a new category for documentary films with 15 new short films produced by kykNET in collaboration with Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 initiative. Award-winning journalist, Odette Schwegler, who is director and producer of “Joost: Spel van Glorie” is overwhelmed to have...

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J9 Foundation

The J9 logo is a symbol of the every willingness to strive forward and never give in.  No matter how far or how high life´s challenges are.  To fight to the end, to show true courage and valour. This is Joosts Legacy to South Africa and the world, to everyone who watched him carry that number and those words on his back and in his heart. Let us all be a “J9″ and carry the legacy through the support of the Joost s J9 Foundation for Motor Neuron Disease sufferers. Let us carry the symbol of a true legend...

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