Ten year old Joseph Carolan became a Leeds United fan when he was diagnosed with Leukaemia – during long hospital stays, whilst undergoing treatment, Joseph watched the Elland Road team’s games to keep him occupied. So when Make-A-Wish granted his wish to have a Leeds-themed bedroom makeover, he was thrilled! But the surprise didn’t end there…
Leeds United midfielder Sam Byram turned up at Joseph’s home to unveil his new bedroom! Joseph’s Dad, John, said: “Meeting Sam and having his bedroom decorated with a Leeds theme has really boosted Joseph. The medication that he’s on can make him feel quite down, but this has really cheered him up.”
Sam Byram said: “It was great to visit Joseph and see his face light up when he showed me his room. The items that the club donated have made his bedroom like a shrine to Leeds United. It's very easy to forget sometimes what joy football can bring to people, and it was great to be able to meet Joseph and see the smile on his face.”
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Joseph, who is from Pontefract, had been suffering from flu-like symptoms before his diagnosis, but after a trip to the doctor in May last year he was given the news that he had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Since then, he has endured nine months of intensive chemotherapy and will now have two years of maintenance chemotherapy. His mobility has been affected; he now relies quite heavily on a wheelchair, and he has been unable to attend school.
John said: “Due to his illness Joseph has unfortunately had to spend a lot of time in his bedroom so having it decorated to reflect his favourite team is really fantastic for him.”