Three very deserving children were able to fulfill their Sporting Wishes with Sports Connections Foundation last week, when they attended the England vs Brazil match at Wembley Stadium, thanks to the money raised from our Cycle Splash Dash event at David Lloyd this summer, and also Vauxhall who kindly donated 4 VIP tickets for a family and the opportunity for a child to be one of the England flag bearers!
Thomas Chatterton, who is 5 years old, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May this year. He underwent surgery to remove the tumour, however has to have an aggressive form of chemotherapy to reduce the risk of the tumour returning. He is mad about football, and also a Chelsea fan, so was obviously very excited to be able to attend an International match!
We also met 8 year old Jack Scott, who was diagnosed with leukemia in September this year. Jack's whole family were also able to join Jack on this special trip, which we hope provided a lovely, albeit brief, break from what they are all going through, as well as having lovely memories for the family to share for years to come, which is what Sporting Wishes are all about.
Lastly we had Luka Teleki and his family. Luka is 12 years old and he not only got to watch the match but was also a flag bearer! He got to walk out onto the pitch and lay the England flag down before the team walked out, and sit on the pitch during the national anthems.
Luka suffers from cystic fibrosis and spent a long time over the summer in admission. What most if us don't realise is that any child with cystic fibrosis lives with their disease constantly, as their treatment is 365 days a year, including many long hospital stays, daily physiotherapy and lots of medication. After the event he thanked everyone at SCF for a great and unforgettable day out!.
We can't wait to help more seriously ill children and their families by providing more Sporting Wishes, but we need your help!
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