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Saturday, 20 April 2019

AFL star's cousin melts hearts at press conference


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Kangaroos star Ben Brown may have found himself in headlines all week under less than ideal circumstances, but it’s been his younger cousin, Grace, who has reminded the AFL community about the important things in life.

Brown faced a torrent of criticism after being accused of diving to win free kicks against Adelaide last Sunday.

Speaking on Nine’s AFL Footy show, Brown shot down that conjecture, affirming he had never once ‘conceived of staging throughout his entire career’. He also spoke of his involvement with the AFL’s Good Friday appeal in support of The Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital, where his cousin 14-year-old cousin battled leukaemia.

“My little cousin Grace was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was five,” Brown revealed.

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“She spent a fair bit of time fighting that and at times we thought she wouldn’t get through it.

“She’s 14 now, and just got recently got the all clear. The Royal Children’s hospital is a big reason she’s still alive today, why she’s still with us so it’s really important to me and us as a club.

On Friday, the AFL community were able to put a face to the Good Friday appeal as Grace joined her older cousin in the Kanagroos’ post-match press conference following their loss to the Bombers, and stole the hearts of the room in the process.

“She fought that and you won, didn’t you Grace?” Brown said as he sat alongside his cousin at the media conference. “And now you’re cured.

Ben Brown and cousin Grace

“And you’ve got something you’d like to say to everyone don’t you? Ready, go!”

Grace proceeded to introduce herself and thank the Royal Children’s Hospital for saving her life inspiring a resounding applause from the room and no doubt a few tears.

Amid the applause Brown said: “The Royal Children’s Hospital did save her life so today is an amazing day for all of us but especially for us because they are the reason that Grace is still here with us today.”

The heart-warming moment more than compensated for North’s heavy loss to Essendon, but they’ll need to refocus ahead of Round 6 if they’re to find their way out of the 17th on the ladder.

Kangaroos star Ben Brown may have found himself in headlines all week under less than ideal circumstances, but it’s been his younger cousin, Grace, who has reminded the AFL community about the important things in life.

Brown faced a torrent of criticism after being accused of diving to win free kicks against Adelaide last Sunday.

Speaking on Nine’s AFL Footy show, Brown shot down that conjecture, affirming he had never once ‘conceived of staging throughout his entire career’. He also spoke of his involvement with the AFL’s Good Friday appeal in support of The Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital, where his cousin 14-year-old cousin battled leukaemia.

“My little cousin Grace was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was five,” Brown revealed.

https://twitter.com/AFLFootyShow/status/1118466905738637312

“She spent a fair bit of time fighting that and at times we thought she wouldn’t get through it.

“She’s 14 now, and just got recently got the all clear. The Royal Children’s hospital is a big reason she’s still alive today, why she’s still with us so it’s really important to me and us as a club.

On Friday, the AFL community were able to put a face to the Good Friday appeal as Grace joined her older cousin in the Kanagroos’ post-match press conference following their loss to the Bombers, and stole the hearts of the room in the process.

“She fought that and you won, didn’t you Grace?” Brown said as he sat alongside his cousin at the media conference. “And now you’re cured.

Ben Brown and cousin Grace

“And you’ve got something you’d like to say to everyone don’t you? Ready, go!”

Grace proceeded to introduce herself and thank the Royal Children’s Hospital for saving her life inspiring a resounding applause from the room and no doubt a few tears.

Amid the applause Brown said: “The Royal Children’s Hospital did save her life so today is an amazing day for all of us but especially for us because they are the reason that Grace is still here with us today.”

The heart-warming moment more than compensated for North’s heavy loss to Essendon, but they’ll need to refocus ahead of Round 6 if they’re to find their way out of the 17th on the ladder.

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