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NRL Feel Good Story: Penrith Panthers and Carrera

April 4, 2019

 

The first year of a baby’s life should be one of the most exciting years of a parent’s life. Unfortunately for Jen and Adam, the first year of their beautiful baby Carrera’s life has been a difficult one - as well as all of the excitement and love that goes into parenting. 

 

At an incredibly fragile age of 10 months, Carrera was diagnosed with an incredibly rare form of Mitochondria Leigh’s Disease, a genetic disorder alongside with epilepsy. With this diagnosis came the heart shattering discovering that their little girl may not make it past her 3rd birthday. 

 

Carrera and her family are passionate Penrith Panthers fans, to say the least. She attended her first game at just 7 months old and in the words of her parents is “a true born and bred Panther!” The love for the boys of the west stems much further than the work they do on the field though. In fact, Tim Grant insured that Carrera knew how much the Panthers loved her too and were wishing her well.

 

When Grant got wind of Carrera’s situation through the Facebook page set up in her honour, he wanted to help. On January 16th, he organised a visit to the hospital that Carrera spends so much of her time at so that himself, Wayde Egan, Sam McKendry and James Maloney could try and put a smile on her face and maybe forget about the struggles even if it was just for a few minutes. The boys met Carrera and her family, talking and taking photos, gave some presents and most importantly gave lots of love and care to Carrera.  You’ll even notice James Maloney holding her hand in their group photo. 

 

A simple gesture but one that goes an incredibly long way for a family who could definitely use the positive energy. 

 

 

If you are interested in learning more about the horrible disorder that has unfortunately taken over Carrera’s world, click here. To read more about Carrera’s journey and to make a donation towards her care, follow the links below. 

 

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