One of the highlights of the Redcliffe Dolphins' trip to Pittsworth for the Intrust Super Cup 'Get in the Game' Country Week, presented by BHP, was meeting so many young fans, including five-year-old Dane Sutton.
Dane was diagnosed with Perthes disease in March following numerous specialist appointments, x-rays and blood tests.
Perthes is a disease that causes the hip ball to fracture away. In time, the body will absorb the dead bone and a new hip ball will regrow. Dane’s right hip is affected by Perthes and he is currently in Stage 2, where the ball is fracturing.
The condition means Dane will be wheelchair bound for at least 12 months. He will be then be in and out of a wheelchair for the next five years.
Dane is a passionate rugby league fan and was devastated about not being able to join his team mates this year after registering to play for Pittsworth with his dad as coach.
Dane was at the game on Saturday night, where he caught up with the Dolphins players.
"Being able to get a photo with the Redcliffe Dolphins and a signed football is just so special to him and us as a family. He has had a smile from ear to ear since," Dane's mum said.