Famous rugby player Trent Hodkinson from Sydney, Australia, is a married and successful athlete. He’s pretty well known in the region and has all the things that money can buy. But he chooses to spend his time visiting sick children in hospitals and dedicating his jersey’s to them.
‘Hannah and her family are such brave and strong people’
The 15 year old Hunter teen escorted to her school formal by Newcastle Knights playmaker Trent Hodkinson has spoken about her illness.Hannah Rye and her mother Rachel took a few minutes to speak about ewing sarcoma, the terminal cancer Hannah is battling. Last night Hannah was the star of Kurri Kurri High's Year 10 Formal, an event that had been brought forward by the school, so she could attend. Trent Hodkinson and the Knights have offered ongoing support to the family, as they try to raise awareness of the illness.The family is also holding a fundraiser in early August to raise money for the ward at the John Hunter Hospital where Hannah received treatment.
Posted by ABC Newcastle on Thursday, July 20, 2017
While seeking treatment during an earlier cancer diagnosis, Hannah Ray was part of the the “Tren7’s Kick For Kids” program, which was founded by Trent. Hannah, a big fan of the rugby team where Trent plays, and she met Trent at one of the games where he dedicated his game kicking jersey to a sick child. This time it was Hannah’s name written on the tee. The two became friends at the event.
“Although I kick for these kids, I like to stay in contact with them and I have done with Hannah,” Trent said, according to the NRL News Facebook post.
Knights player Trent Hodkinson escorts terminally ill Hannah Rye to school formal http://dlvr.it/PWvzm6 (WAToday) #perth #perthnews
Unfortunately this year Hannah learned that her tissue cancer, the rare Ewing sarcoma, which she believed had gone into remission, was back. Even after chemotherapy treatments and hospital stays, the cancer returned in just five months. This time, doctors believed that the cancer would not be treatable, and that Hannah probably wouldn’t make it to the end of the year.
When she found out that she would also be too sick to attend her school’s formal, the school arranged for the dance to happen earlier in the year for the 15-year-old. Then, Hannah’s family contacted the club to see if Trent could help them out with an amazing idea.
It was the night that had the rugby league community in an emotional mess after images emerged of Knights halfback Trent…
Trent agreed to take Hannah to the formal and he even showed up at the parent’s house with a big bouquet of flowers and in a flashy baby-blue convertible. When they pulled up back at the house, hundreds of community members gathered to cheer Hannah on.
“She was so brave and she’s such a strong girl, you wouldn’t know she is going through this. It is the type of person she is and she brought a smile to my face,” Trent said, according to the Facebook post.
Hannah’s family is forever grateful.
Newcastle Knights star Trent Hodkinson has melted hearts with an incredibly touching gesture for a young fan with cancer. On Wednesday night Hodkinson escorted Hannah Rye – a massive Knights fan – to her high school formal. Kurri Kurri High School brought the formal forward from the end of the year because Hannah has terminal Ewing sarcoma – a cancer found in the bones or soft tissue.Hannah will be on 7 News at 6pm. More Videos: http://bit.ly/2uF5TcNStory: yhoo.it/2uaEI7n Website: www.australiansarcomagroup.org#HannahRye #7News
Posted by 7 News Sydney on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
“It was one of the most magical nights I’ve ever had,” Hannah told the Seven Network, according to The Australian.
“It was incredible — I loved every second of it.”
“He’s the sweetest man, and we love him,” said Rachel Rye, Hannah’s mother.
“Tonight has been unbelievable and we’ve just seen so much love for Hannah. She’ll never get another moment like this, and it’s pretty special,” she added, according to InspireMore.
Hannah’s classmates also cheered them on!
Here's Hannah's story: bit.ly/Hannah_NK 💐
Posted by Newcastle Knights on Wednesday, July 19, 2017