Young Warriors fan Jack Seddon received an unexpected visit this week form Warriors star Sam Tomkins.
Jack from Orrell who has been a regular attendee at the Wigan Rugby Camps has been suffering from a brain tumour and the arrival of Sam certainly put a smile on his face. Head Coach Shaun Wane has also been to see Jack to wish him well and everyone at the Club wishes him all the best as he continues his treatment.
Warriors Foundation Manager Amanda Wilkinson said:
"Jack is a true Warrior fan attending all of the games and showing is support for the team, I have had the pleasure of coaching Jack on the Warriors Coaching Camps where he regular attended. He was always the first name on the list and it was great to go along to the hospital with Sam and watch Jack chatting to Sam ."
Jack's Mum, Amanda has sent this letter of thanks to everyone who has shown their support to him.
We just want to express our thanks to you all for your support for Jack over the past few weeks.
Yesterday we got some relatively good news in that the type of brain tumour has now been identified and a plan of treatment is being put together. We are told that the tumour should respond well to radio therapy and this will take place during May and June at Christie hospital in Manchester. Whilst Jack is by no means ‘out of the woods' having a plan to get him back to full health is a big relief.
Over the past few weeks out of the blue Jack has had texts from many different people in the Rugby World including Kris, Steve, Shaun, Sean O'Loughlin, Jamie Peacock, Chris Ashton, Chris Joynt, Jonny Lomax, Josh Vievers to name a few. We can't emphasise what a boost / diversion this has been during some very difficult times and really has highlighted how kind and understanding Rugby League players can be.
Jack even got a mention on Sky from Eddie during the Good Friday match, which actually coincided with his first operation. To be able to tell him when he came round, and then show him a recording was a real boost to his recovery as he wanted to watch the game as soon as he got back on the ward.
The visits from Amanda Wilkinson, Sam Tomkins and Shaun Wane have really raised Jack's spirits. We know how hard it can be to visit someone in when they are in hospital, but by doing that you have really made a massive difference to his time in hospital and also his determination to get better.
Jack has also had cards, posters and signed shirts from a number of super league clubs and the RL referees. Again, these have been much appreciated, and to be able to bring something into the hospital most days has helped to cheer him up during some really difficult days.
Jacks illness has come completely out of the blue and has been a shock to us all, until 3 weeks ago Jack was playing rugby for both his team and school every week. The kindness shown by so many people that we don't know has been a great support to our entire family. Saying thank you seems inadequate for how much gratitude we have, but we wanted you all to know what an impact your kindness and that of the other parts of the other Rugby League world has had.
Please continue to keep Jack in your thoughts over what will no doubt be a challenging few months, and pray that the outcome will be positive and he will back watching Wigan play before too long.
Thanks again for all your help