He may be one of the pantomime 'bad boys' of football, but Robbie Savage has made a young cancer patient's year with a dream trip in his Ferrari.
Six-year-old cancer patient Eddy Parry has always dreamed of going for a spin in a sports car from the famous Italian brand, so what BBC football pundit Savage did for him was incredibly special.
Eddy has been through it all in his relatively short life so far: he was diagnosed two years ago with osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer when he was aged just four.
Since then, he has had 12 operations – including the amputation of his left leg and becoming the first child fitted with a power-assisted robotic limb - plus 90 high-dose chemotherapy sessions, 35 blood transfusions, and 45 scans. He has also had two surgeries on his lungs to remove cancer.
For his child, who has spent 150 days in hospital, his father Jon wanted him to have a trip in the sportscar of his dreams. That’s where Savage came in.
“We wrote to Robbie because we know that, like Eddy, football and fast cars are two of his greatest passions,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“He set up this treat out of the kindness of his own heart, which speaks volumes for his warmth as a father, and we can’t thank him enough for bringing a little joy into Eddy’s life.”
For the Match of the Day pundit, it was a moving situation and one in which he desperately wanted to help in to bring joy to young Eddy.
“I get hundreds of letters and emails every month from good causes, but Eddy’s case touched my heart because no child deserves to go through what he has suffered,” he told the Mirror.
“The smile on that little lad’s face was priceless. Eddy’s courage in the face of adversity has been incredible, and I am so pleased I was able to help him have a day to remember.
“I also hope people will sign his father’s petition asking the Government to give a higher priority to care for childhood cancer victims.
“I have two boys of my own, and Eddy’s bravery should bring home to every parent the indiscriminate nature of cancer - and why we must do everything we can to fight it.”
Jon has set up a petition demanding more resources for care (childhoodcancerpetition.org) - and hopes to reach 100,000 signatures this September, which has been designated as Child Cancer Awareness month.
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