A little boy dying from a rare genetic disease has been granted his ultimate wish – meeting his hero, music sensation Ed Sheeran.
Six-year-old Ollie was diagnosed with Battens disease in February 2015 and thanks to Sheeran’s music, Ollie has pulled through the hardest and darkest of times.
“Ollie listens to Ed’s songs through his many hospital admissions, his songs have even helped him get through brain surgery,” Ollie’s mum wrote in a post on the Ollie’s Army Facebook page.
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Thanks to a social media campaign started by Ollie’s parents, the youngster was able to meet his hero after Sheeran saw the appeal and invited Ollie to meet him backstage before a recent concert in Manchester.
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Ollie’s parents shared the exciting and heartwarming encounter on Facebook.
“We have the most incredible news to share with you all!” the post begins.
“Last night our little boy met his hero. Through the power of social media Ollie’s story reached Ed Sheeran.
“Ed and his team were so touched by Ollie’s story that they invited Ollie, Amelia and our boys backstage at the MEN arena last night.
“Ollie who once knew all the words to Ed’s song, who used to sing along can no longer talk. Ollie who used to stand at the television watching Ed’s videos can no longer stand and see.
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“As soon as Ed walked into the room yesterday and spoke Ollie’s eye lit up and a smile spread across his face. This image was priceless.
“Ed spent time with Ollie and gave him the biggest of cuddles. He is one of the loveliest guys we have ever met, he asked us to explain Batten Disease and Ollie’s Army. He was truly saddened by our journey.
“To us last night Ollie wasn’t meeting a star he was meeting HIS star, he was meeting the man that taught him the power and love of music.
“Our dying boy wished to meet his hero, last night that wish was granted
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Ed topped off the night by wearing a red arm band during his concert in honour of Ollie’s Army, a campaign which raises money and awareness of the rare disease.
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