Courtesy from the Official Wests Tigers website:
HUNTER’S SPECIAL NIGHT AT LEICHHARDT
24/03/2011 2:55:08 PM
Hunter Jelicich had the experience of a lifetime when he walked onto historic Leichhardt Oval in front of almost 13,000 supporters on Saturday, March 19.
Wests Tigers invited Hunter to walk the match ball out into the middle of the field for the Wests Tigers v NZ Warriors NRL game as part of its growing relationship with the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA).
A keen Wests Tigers fan, Hunter is a young boy who loves to get out in the yard and kick the footy with his mates. Unfortunately at age 8, Hunter was diagnosed with A.L.L., the most aggressive form of childhood leukemia. After extensive treatment he was in remission but sadly suffered bone death in his lower limbs and was wheelchair bound, as a side effect of the therapy.
Just a few years later, Hunter is up and about and doing so much better. Under strict instructions not to run or kick a footy at Leichhardt Oval, Hunter has this week been informed he is now able to run and kick a ball. He is now looking to get back onto the field and start playing sport again.
Hunter is just one of 600 young Australian Children diagnosed with cancer each year who may benefit from the research undertaken at Children’s Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA). CCIA is the only independent medical research institute in Australia dedicated to research into childhood cancer.
Through working closely with the patients being treated at children’s hospitals around Australia and overseas, CCIA has been able to make important advances in identifying the causes, prevention, and ultimately a cure for childhood cancer.
Wests Tigers were delighted to have Hunter and his family along to the Warriors game as special guests of the Club. The visit and the special experience is part of Wests Tigers partnership with CCIA as one of its three Premium Charity partners for 2011.