Last week, Brad Jones, one of the goalkeepers in the Australian squad, went home after his four-year-old son, Luca, was diagnosed with leukaemia. Jones said on Friday he would not be returning and Eugene Galekovic, of Adelaide United, was drafted in to replace the Middlesbrough goalkeeper.
I think Brad summed up the difference between his world cup dream and the crushing reality that many parents have to face when their child develops blood cancer when he said:
"The World Cup is irrelevant for me now,". "When I walked into the room and Luca smiled when he saw me, that was worth more than anything the World Cup could give me."
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We all hope that Luca's Leukaemia Journey is a good one, and that he will,in time, make a full recovery.Best of luck to Brad and his family in their fight.