Sullivan meets the Adelaide Crows
As little Sullivan spent six months in hospital fighting leukaemia, it was the Adelaide Crows footy team that kept him smiling. Thanks to generous donors and supporters like you, Sullivan’s wish to meet the team came true. This is his story.
On and off the footy field, 8-year-old Sullivan has resilience in spades! The midfielder bravely puts his head over the ball regardless of how much bigger his opponents are.
Off field, he takes on leukaemia with the same sort of courage.
“He is not the biggest kid on the footy field, but he is the most determined,” mum Chantelle said. “He just gets in there, tackles and has a go."
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All throughout his treatment he has shown how determined he is. If you are going to tell him he can’t do something, he does it.Chantelle Sullivan's mum
His beloved team
When Sullivan was diagnosed in August 2017 on his seventh birthday, the Adelaide Crows were storming towards the finals and ended up playing in the Grand Final.
Sullivan kept his Crows gear close in hospital and his wish was to meet the team.
He was preparing to fly to Adelaide to watch a game and watch training.
But a couple of days before Sullivan got on the plane, a video message from Adelaide star Rory Sloane broke the news he would also get to run through the banner with the Crows at the game thanks to Bendigo Bank.
Meeting the team
On game day Sullivan visited the rooms as well as running onto the ground with his heroes.
“He was just soaking it all up,” Chantelle said.
”His little eyes were just taking it all in. All the players were so kind to him - they were preparing for a big match but would come over and give a high five.
“After they won, back in the rooms, Eddie Betts brought Sullivan into the (players’) circle to sing the song. An Adelaide official told us she had worked at the club for 14 years and never seen anyone brought into the circle.”
A life-changing moment
Chantelle said the memories of being up close and personal with the Crows players will stay with Sullivan forever.
“That was a really life-changing moment for him. He will remember that forever,” Chantelle said.
“Knowing he was being granted a wish put his imagination into overdrive and for it to come to fruition will inspire him for a long time.”
Now, as well as the memories from his Make-A-Wish journey, Sullivan is feeling healthy.
Recent blood tests pleased doctors and put smiles on the faces of Sullivan’s family.
“He is great. He is doing all the things other eight-year-old boys are doing,” Chantelle said.
The jumper he ran out in had Eddie Betts’s number on it – he asked Eddie to sign it and he was very obliging. He then asked for a new jumper so he doesn’t have to wear it and get it dirty!Sullivan’s mum, Chantelle
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