Brave Joseph Carolan’s wish came true when his favourite footballer paid him a special visit to unveil his newly revamped bedroom.
Leeds United’s Sam Byram turned up at the ten-year-old cancer patient’s home in Featherstone, after the Make-A-Wish Foundation made over the youngster’s bedroom in the team’s signature yellow and blue colours.
Joseph, who is battling leukaemia, was treated to themed wallpaper, bedding, pictures, memorabilia and his favourite item – a shirt signed by all the players.
He said: “I really like it but my favourite bit is the big t-shirt with all the players’ signatures on it.
“It was a surprise and I really enjoyed it, it made me feel really happy.”
Joseph was diagnosed with the disease last May and endured seven months of intensive chemotherapy. He is now on a two-year maintenance programme of chemotherapy, which is affecting his mobility and causing him to miss school. His dad, John, 46, said: “It’s given him such a boost doing his room and all the attention he got from Leeds United, it’s really perked him up.
“He spends a lot of time in his room with being ill, so he loves it. He had friends over for a party the day it was finished.”
Joseph said he began watching Leeds United games while being treated at Leeds General Infirmary last year.
He said: “I like Leeds United because when I was in the hospital in Leeds I thought I would like the team too.”
Joseph met his idol through Make-A-Wish last week.
The midfielder said: “It was great to visit Joseph and see his face light up when he showed me his room. The items that the club donated have made his bedroom like a shrine to Leeds United.
“It’s very easy to forget sometimes what joy football can bring to people, and it was great to be able to meet Joseph and see the smile on his face.”
Make-A-Wish is a charity which grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.