Eleven-year-old Ned Osborne met up with North Melbourne football player Taylor Hine while the footballer was in Echuca on the weekend.IVY WISE December 17, 2013 4:23am
Young Ned Osborne received a much-needed cheer up at the weekend when North Melbourne football player Taylor Hine surprised the mad supporter with an AFL jersey.
The footballer visited Echuca on Saturday.
Ned, 11, was diagnosed with with Hodgkins lymphoma in October and has been undergoing cancer treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Through some family connections, Taylor heard about Ned’s story and decided to give the North Melbourne fan a signed jersey.
‘‘It was really good to meet the young fella,’’ he said.
‘‘He was pretty excited and suprised, hopefully it cheered him up and makes him feel a little better this Christmas.’’
Originally one of the Gold Coast’s underage recruits, Taylor made his debut for North Melbourne in round three and played 14 games for the season.
Ned’s mum Jaki told the Riv on Friday that Ned loved football and basketball and had always dreamt of meeting a player.
‘‘Years ago, he told me ‘how come you’ve got to be sick to meet famous people’?’’ she said.
‘‘He’ll be stoked and so excited.’’
Jaki said Ned had recently finished his second round of chemotherapy and would have a break until December 31.
‘‘He’ll be able to enjoy Christmas (without feeling sick),’’ she said.
‘‘The last two days he has been really good. Before that, he was nauseous, tired and had achy legs.’’
Jaki said she was overwhelmed by the community support at the recent Shave Your Head for Ned fundraiser, which she said meant a lot to Ned considering he had lost most of his hair.
‘‘He’s quite emotional about it,’’ she said.
‘‘He’s still a bit hesitant to go out in large groups because of the attention.
‘‘He wears his hat though.’’
Jaki thanked Taylor for his generosity, as well as the community for their continued support.
She said she and husband Brett were coping well.
‘‘You just do it,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve taken time off work because we just don’t know how he’s going to be.’’
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