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Addison's new lease of life

25 October 2016

Club Doncaster help young fan raise funds so he can score more goals!

Club Doncaster have donated two signed shirts to a young Rovers fan to help raise funds for a lightweight oxygen machine which will give the 11-year-old a new lease of life.

A chronic lung disease before birth meant Addison Connor's organs did not develop properly and he needs to have an oxygen tank with him at all times - this means an adult is always with him to push the heavy trolley it is on, even when he is at school.

With doctors believing a lung transplant is not possible, it is hoped a new oxygen tank which he can carry in a backpack will allow him to live as normal a childhood as possible.

Rovers Club Captain Andy Butler surprised Addison after a training session at the Club Doncaster Academy, presenting him with two shirts - one for him, and one to help in the fundraising - and learn a little about his life.

Addison said: "This new backpack would be really important as I am a bit fed up of always having a grown-up with me. I'm really looking forward to going off with my friends or learning to ride my bike, and scoring more goals!"

Addison's mother Rachel Blyth said: "The generosity of Club Doncaster is really appreciated, and I'd like to thank Andy for taking the time to stop and talk to Addison and the rest of the lads.

"He doesn't let the tubes hold him back in life but this new backpack will give him the freedom other children take for granted, he's at an age where he wants to be able to run off with his friends and not have me, his dad or a teacher always besides him."

Andy said: "Addison told me all about the goals he scores when playing football, and I hope he'll score even more when he gets this backpack. 

"It was a pleasure to meet Addison and his friends, and I will definitely be coming down to watch his progress."

The shirt will be used at a fundraising day, which includes a junior football tournament, which will run from 11.30am on Sunday October 30. 

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