Every now and again you encounter heroes. True heroes. Not one wearing a cape, but those who demonstrate strength and courage in the face of adversity.
Let me introduce you to a true little superhero. His name is Ollie Grosvenor, he is 5 years old and when he was just 5 days old he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.
Ollie battles with this disease daily, enduring everything with a smile on his face. Sadly, for the family, Ollie’s brave battle isn’t the only fight they’ve had to carry their child through. His elder sister Danielle, fought her own courageous daily battle, but sadly in February 2016 she passed away aged only 22.
For the family, they are still mourning her loss, and little Ollie who had a formidable bond and connection with his sister who he misses every day. Yet, still he fights his own battle, with the help of his elder brother Ashley, aged 18, and his parents Carl and Lorraine.
Ollie, despite all that he endures, all the sadness that his little heart feels, still smiles, still shines, and never complains about having to take his medication, the frequent hospital appointments, the days the battle against Cystic Fibrosis leaves him so poorly. He is heroic, as are his family who have contended with so much.
He’s also part of the Rugby League family and on Thursday 23rd March, Wakefield host Leigh Centurions, in a fixture that will be televised on Sky Sports.
We have arranged for Ollie to be mascot on this occasion, but we want to let this little warrior know how courageous he is, and give him a moment he will never forget.
This is where we’re asking for the RL family to unite, and chant for Ollie. We would like to appeal to both sets of supporters, that as Ollie walks onto the pitch with the team, we become one voice and chant his name.
We would like to ask if people will show this little boy, with his brave heart, and strong spirit, that we’re by his side, by simply chanting his name.
With it being televised by Sky Sports, it’s a moment he will have forever. We’re asking you to bring banners to display, and show Ollie and his family that the Rugby League family truly cares.
Aside from that, we would also like to appeal to any businesses who would like to donate any items, family days out, any gifts that would bring a much-deserved smile to the entire family’s faces to please email Jo Phillips – [email protected]
Let’s get the word out and give this superhero the magical moment he so deserves. Imagine what this would mean to Ollie, and to his family. Our family. The Rugby League family. Who will join us on Thursday 23rd?
Please hashtag #ChantForOllie and show your support as part of the #RugbyLeagueFamily