For all of the drama associated with football, the sport has again proven that it can be a force for good and change people’s lives for the better.
One Sheffield family have revealed a touching story involving two Sheffield United players, Dean Henderson and Kieran Dowell, who have devoted their time to help one Blades fan during his battle with illness.
Harri Parker, 9, was born with a congenital heart disease and has undergone three separate open heart surgeries to try and cure the problem. The condition, known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, has prevented the lower pumping chamber of his heart from fully developing.
Harri’s story is well-known by the club and he was recently invited to be the club’s mascot, walking out with the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper. He previously struck up a close bond with former Blades forward Caolan Lavery and has now done so with their two Premier League loanees Henderson and Dowell.