The heartwarming AFL Grand Final moment everyone missed: incredible story behind a determined young footy fan who handed a star from Richmond his premiership medallion
- Young AFL fan and Auskicker showed great courage at the AFL & # 39; s Grand Final Day
- Henry Baum, 8, has been fighting the rare Perthes disease for 12 months
- The rare childhood illness has forced Henry to use crutches and a wheelchair
- However, Henry was determined to go on stage without crutches or a wheelchair
It is a Grand Final tradition for Auskick children to transfer the medallions of the winner, but one showed additional determination to come on stage this year.
Victorian boy Henry Baum, eight, was one of the Auskicker of the year nominees to transfer medals on Saturday to Richmond players at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
In August, Henry captured the hearts of the AFL community when he appeared in the broadcast of the West Coast Eagles and Carlton Blues competition.
It is a post Grand Final tradition for young Auskick children to hand over the medallions of the winner, but one Auskicker, Henry Baum (photo) showed extra determination to come on stage this year
Henry was diagnosed with Perthes & # 39; disease, a rare childhood disease that affects the hip when & # 39; blood supply to the rounded head of the femur (femur) is temporarily disrupted & # 39;
Henry was diagnosed with the disease of Perthes with which he has fought over the past 12 months, 7News reported.
Perthes' disease is rare in children and affects the hip when & # 39; the blood flow to the rounded head of the femur (femur) is temporarily disrupted & # 39 ;.
& # 39; My hip died because of Perthes disease, the blood stopped flowing, & # 39; Henry said during the broadcast.
& # 39; Now I am in a wheelchair and I also have crutches. & # 39;
Henry Baum, 8, was present when one of the Auskicker of the Year nominees was able to hand over the medallion players of a winner from the winning side of the Grand Final to two
The disease had limited Henry & # 39; s movement, but he was determined to get to the Grand Final stage without using either.
Henry was able to give the Grand Final medallion to one of Richmond & # 39; s striking players of the day, Bachar Houli, who took the time to share the special moment.
Houli hugged Henry as he received the medallion before they held the boy's cheeks and told him something that only the two would know.
Perthes disease is a rare childhood disease, but children diagnosed with it can fully recover, something Henry said he plans to do.
In an astonishing twist to the story, a current AFL superstar, Karl Amon, found the same disease at Port Adelaide when he was only five years old.
& # 39; If I'm better, I'll probably try to reach the goal if I play under 9 again & # 39 ;, Henry said.
Henry was able to catch up with Hamish McLachlan of Channel 7 (shown together) who interviewed him in August
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