Two WA sporting champions will put their friendship to the test at the weekend as they drive from Perth to Carnarvon in the fight against the disease that killed their mate.
Kim Hughes, 59, and Ken Judge, 55, will lead a convoy of 15 cars over four days and 1500km on the inaugural Motor Neurone Disease Drive, which leaves from Crown Perth tomorrow.
Judge lost one of his good mates to the disease five years ago in East Fremantle Football Club premiership player Kerry Coates.
His death compelled the former West Coast Eagles coach to join the MND Association of WA as a patron.
"It was tough for all of us. He was a really good sportsman - he could play cricket, he could play golf and he could play footy, but in the end, he couldn't do anything," he said.
Also making the journey will be 70-year-old Bateman resident Doug Bolton, who will be accompanied by wife Pauline and sons Geoffrey and Chris.
Mr Bolton was diagnosed with MND 21 months ago - the average post-diagnosis lifespan is 27 months - and while his body is failing, his mind and spirit are strong.
"The thing with MND is you know it's going to kill you sooner or later, so I guess you've got two choices," he said.
"You can sit back and think, 'Well, there's nothing I can do about it, I'll just sit back and wait to die' or you can fight."