Post catches Gary Ablett Jnr shares mail that is reunited with his son after a heartbreaking diagnosis
Gary Ablett Jnr has been reunited with his family after leaving his AFL hub in Western Australia to be with his family as his son struggles with a rare degenerative disease.
Footy grandmother Jordan’s wife posted a photo on Instagram on Sunday with the emotional moment of embracing Levi, 19 months, at Melbourne Airport on Sunday.
“We missed you,” the caption said.
Ms. Ablett’s message came after she shared a heartbreaking photo of a smiling Levi nodded in the backseat on her way to Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.
“My brave boy,” was the caption.
Gary Ablett Jnr’s wife, Jordan, shared the emotional moment when her husband was reunited with their son Levi, who has a rare degenerative disease
The Ablett’s revealed in an Instagram post that their young son is battling a rare illness after the Geelong Cats superstar played his 350th game earlier this month
Geelong football manager Simon Lloyd said the club would support Ablett in any way after returning to Victoria.
“He has made the decision to return home and of course as a football club and the AFL, we fully support that on compassionate grounds and you will find that this may happen in the league in the coming weeks, at different times,” he told the ABC.
“I think Gary’s intention is to return to the hub at some point, but again this is something we’ll be working on and keeping in touch with Gary.
“He spoke to the playgroup and said he wanted to come back to play.”
The Abletts revealed in an Instagram post that their young son is battling a rare illness after the Geelong Cats superstar played his 350th game earlier this month.
“Yesterday was a very special day and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement,” said Ablett.
“Achieving this milestone was extra special for my family and I for a number of reasons.
“The past few months, my wife and I have fought privately and we continue to have some pretty tough fighting. 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.
Jordan Ablett posted on her Instagram on Friday the photo of a smiling Levi who was in the back seat of the family car at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital
Ablett (photo with Levi and his wife Jordan) played his 350th AFL match for Geelong earlier this month
“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.
“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.
Gary Ablett Jnr revealed that his son Levi (pictured together) has been diagnosed with a rare disease
“You’ve only been with us for a short time, but you’ve already taught us more than some people learn in their lives.
“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.”
The star midfielder, who has announced that he will retire at the end of the season, will miss the next two games for Geelong.
But he was adamant, he had not played his last game.
Jordan Ablett with her son Levi who lives with a rare degenerative disease