Friday, October 1, 2010

Gerrard Makes It A Day To Remember For Superfan

Super fan Danny Brown saw his Liverpool dream come true last week when he came face to face with his heroes at Melwood Training Ground. Danny, 41, from St Helens, suffers from Down 's syndrome, Eisermenger Syndrome and Complete Atrioventricular Septel Defect, but he was able to put his problems to one side for one day as he met up with Roy Hodgson, Steven Gerrard and many of his other favourite Liverpool stars at the Reds' training base. Organised in association with the Honey Rose Foundation, a St Helens based charity which grants wishes to people over 40 years of age who are suffering from a terminal illness, Danny spent the day chatting with the manager and players before being taken to Anfield for a private tour of the stadium. He went into the dressing room and sat in the manager's seat giving out instructions, and here his mum Eileen tells the story of Danny 's greatest day.... "Where do I begin? Danny is 41 and has been a Liverpool fan for 40 of those years. He is Down 's syndrome with lots of heart and breathing problems. Someone mentioned a charity for over 40s, so there was a phone call, a form to fill in and then another phone call asking ' can you be at Melwood for 8.30?' We travelled up the day before, but didn't tell him where he was going. Every time we saw a sign that said Liverpool we turned around and distracted him. As the taxi pulled up at the gate, Danny leapt out of the car, up and through the doors with the security man coming a close second. Just as we were getting a cup of tea in walked the first of the surprises - Steven Gerrard! The look on Danny's face was priceless; it's a good job his brother was there to take photos. Every player signed his shirt and spoke to him. It was amazing. Dan being Dan, he was in charge, talking tactics and telling them his thoughts. It was then time for Anfield, where we went on the tour and sat in the manager's seat. It was awesome. Then it was back to Melwood to meet some other players. I can't put into words what it meant to see the look on Danny's face. It was a real once in a life-time experience. Thank you for making it all possible." Content courtesy of Liverpool FC.

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