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AFL champion Gary Ablett Jnr reveals his son is fighting ‘a rare degenerative disease’

‘We don’t know what the future holds’: AFL great Gary Ablett Jnr and his wife reveal their 17-month-old son is battling ‘a rare degenerative disease’ as the pair share heartbreaking tributes to the toddler

  • Gary Ablett Jnr played his 350th AFL game for the Geelong Cats on Saturday
  • He posted a message to fans on Sunday, revealing his son Levi’s diagnosis
  • The 36-year-old said Levi was diagnosed with “rare and degenerative disease.”
  • His wife Jordan has uploaded a message saying ‘we don’t know what the future holds’

Gary Ablett Jnr and his wife Jordan have revealed that their young son Levi is battling a rare disease.

The Geelong Cats superstar played his 350th AFL match on Saturday before posting a heartfelt Instagram post on Sunday afternoon thanking fans, friends and family for their support and sharing the 17-year-old’s diagnosis.

“Yesterday was a very special day and I would like to thank everyone for your expressions of support and encouragement,” he said. “Achieving this milestone was extra special for my family and I for a number of reasons.

Gary Ablett Jnr has revealed that his son Levi (pictured together) has been diagnosed with a rare disease

Gary Ablett Jnr has revealed that his son Levi (pictured together) has been diagnosed with a rare disease

“The past few months, my wife and I have fought privately and we continue to have some pretty tough fights. Some of you may already know that Jordan takes care of her mother as she battles cancer. But what many of you don’t know is that our son has recently been diagnosed with rare and degenerative disease.

‘After much thought and reflection, we decided it is time to share this with you. We thank you for your love and support and want to emphasize how grateful we are to be Levi’s parents.

“He’s a real blessing to us and our family, and we love him so much. Anyone who knows him knows how happy he is and how he always has a smile on his face.

“I also want to thank the Geelong football club for the way you have taken care of our family during this time, always making sure we feel loved and fully supported.

Ablett (pictured with Levi and his wife Jordan) played his 350th AFL match for Geelong last weekend

Ablett (pictured with Levi and his wife Jordan) played his 350th AFL match for Geelong last weekend

Ablett (pictured with Levi and his wife Jordan) played his 350th AFL match for Geelong last weekend

“My biggest thanks go to my wife, Jordan. I wouldn’t have made it to 350 games without you. Taking care of our boy all those nights so that I can get a good night’s sleep for the most important training and competitions.

“The many things you do for Levi and I hurt all the time and take care of your mother and also try to keep your head around Levi’s diagnosis. You are so strong and resilient … I love you Jordan. ‘

Ablett’s message was followed by an open letter to the 17-month-old uploaded to Jordan’s Instagram account.

“For our dearest Levi, words will never be enough to express how full our hearts of love are to you,” the message reads.

“You’ve only been with us for a short time, but you’ve already taught us more than some people learn in their lives.

Ablett's message was followed with an open letter to Levi on Jordan's Instagram account (pictured together)

Ablett's message was followed with an open letter to Levi on Jordan's Instagram account (pictured together)

Ablett’s message was followed with an open letter to Levi on Jordan’s Instagram account (pictured together)

“Although it has been a difficult journey and has come to life, your diagnosis does not take a shred of love for you. Your joy is contagious and even this disease cannot steal it from you. We pray for you every day and we will continue to take every day as it comes.

“You are so loved by all people in your world and you are and will remain a true miracle.

“We have no doubt that we are your parents for a reason and we feel a strong privilege to be charged with such great and precious responsibility.

“We don’t know what our future holds, but we do know that you never have to feel alone.”

Ablett stays with the Cats during the hub period, traveling to NSW and Western Australia while his family stays at home.

The 36-year-old kicked an incredibly late goal from outside of fifty in the Cats 37-point victory over the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday.

Jordan (photo with Levi) uploaded a post saying 'we don't know what the future holds'

Jordan (photo with Levi) uploaded a post saying 'we don't know what the future holds'

Jordan (photo with Levi) uploaded a post saying ‘we don’t know what the future holds’

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