Benefit for injured Knight Troy Miles raises thousands as former footballer vows to keep fighting

League fraternity throw support behind former Knight Troy Miles at Belmont 16 Footers with his family; wife Nicole and sons Toby, Bailey, Zac. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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The host of the night Tony Squires, left, and friend of Troy Miles Gordon Richardson, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Alex McKinnon at the benefit for Troy Miles. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Benefit night for former Newcastle Knight reserve grader Troy Miles, who is a quadriplegic after a motorbike crash in SA last year. Alex McKinnon, left, and Damien Jobson, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Troy Miles at the benefit night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Friends and well wishers getting pictures with Troy Miles, his wife Nicole on the left. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Damien Jobson and his wife Brooke, meeting Troy Miles. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Troy Miles, left, and wife Nicole, meeting Damien Jobson and his wife Brooke. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Troy Miles his wife Nicole and son Zac. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Host Tony Squires, Troy Miles his wife Nicole and son Zac. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

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— Brodie Owen (@Brodie_Owen) March 18, 2017Don’t forget: McKinnonALEX McKinnon says the best thing people can do to help those with permanent injuries is to not forget them.

McKinnon, who became a quadriplegic in 2014 after an illegal tackle on him while playing for the Knights, admitted to saying “why me, why me, why me” numerous times after being paralysed, but said he eventually learnt to accept it and move on.

“Just because I’m in a wheelchair doesn’t mean I can’t do things,” he told an audience at the Running for Miles benefit night on Saturday. “You just need to change your mindset a bit.”

McKinnon earlier this month quit his off-field role with the Knights and is set to turn his attention to public speaking. He has also reportedly launched legal proceedings against the National Rugby League.

McKinnon said his transition to a new lifewas made better by the support of others.

“The best thing is not the support now, but the support in five years’ time, 10 years’ time, 20 years’ time,” he said.

“It needs to be ongoing.”