THREE extra special boys have been honoured by Huddersfield Town.
Cobie Booth, Harry Crowther and Callum Parkinson all jointly won the Courage Award at the 2010 Huddersfield Examiner Community Awards.
Town’s commercial director Sean Jarvis was so moved by their stories he invited them to Saturday’s game against Yeovil Town as the club’s special guests.
They had a meal and received photographs signed by the players along with a poster before the game.
At half-time they drew the winning Golden Gamble numbers on the pitch in front of the 13,479-strong crowd with players Nathan and Tom Clarke.
Club Ambassador Andy Booth also spent time with the trio ahead of kick-off.
The boys also met sponsors’ Man of the Match, Town centreback and two-goal hero Jamie McCombe after the final whistle.
Harry presented him with a bottle of champagne.
Eleven-year-old Harry has a condition called atypical progeria syndrome, which is an extremely rare genetic disorder. It means that his body is ageing five times faster than his friends. He has already been diagnosed with arthritis and takes painkillers four times a day to relieve him from aches and pains.
But Harry doesn’t let his condition hold him back – he loves to skateboard, swim, bike ride and climb trees. He has also helped to raise the profile of his condition, encouraging 3,000 people to join a Facebook group on the topic.
His mum, Sharron, said: “Harry had a brilliant time and was thrilled to be at the match. He actually predicted a 4-0 win for Town, so the 4-2 victory was not far off.’’
Cobie was only two when his parents realised he had developed a limp and had pain in his side.
Eventually ending up in Sheffield Children’s Hospital for tests, they soon received the devastating news that he had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia – cancer of the white blood cells.
He is now four and a third of the way through a gruelling course of chemotherapy which has made him sick and lose his hair, but his resilience throughout his ordeal has been inspirational.
He has started nursery school in Skelmanthorpe this month.
Callum is also a born fighter. After being knocked down by a car at the age of 13 near his Fenay Bridge home, he was flown to Leeds General Infirmary by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, where he was found to have serious swelling on his brain.
Part of his skull had to be removed to ease the pressure.
After two operations his parents were told he probably wouldn’t survive, but Callum battled on and after four weeks on a ventilator he was able to breathe on his own.
He is now back at school again and has met up with his teammates at Newsome Panthers rugby league club.
His mum, Christine, said: “He had a fabulous time – mind you he’s both a Giants and a Town fan and he’s been to some of the matches in recent times.’’