TOGETHER TO THE END: Kelly and Mark Rowlinson.
TOGETHER TO THE END: Kelly and Mark Rowlinson.

Disease claims dad after long fight

MARK "Rowlo" Rowlinson woke up and stared death in the face, and then stared it down, every day for eight years.

The Buderim father of three inspired his family and friends with his valiant fight against motor neurone disease.

Mr Rowlinson's determination to live saw him exceed the one to five years life expectancy of most people diagnosed with MND but his body could do no more and he died peacefully last Friday aged 52.

A builder who enjoyed an active lifestyle, Mr Rowlinson was diagnosed with MND, a neurological condition causing gradual paralysis, after a skiing accident.

He retired from the business to spend more time with his family, travel, and concentrate on his health.

In an interview with the Daily in 2012, Mr Rowlinson said he simply wanted to make sure his children had a father for as long as possible.

"A long time ago, I got past the fear of dying. The thing that is concerning is not being around for my children," he said.

Mr Rowlinson and his wife, Kelly, turned their attention towards raising funds for research into the disease.

Mr Rowlinson is survived by Kelly, who supported him throughout his illness, and their three children, Georgia, Finn and Mia. His funeral will be held at Life Point Baptist Church on Wises Rd, Buderim, from 2pm today.

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