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The Sharks were only too pleased to help grant the special wish of Sharks fan Dane Cartwright on Friday when he attended training and met the NRL squad as they finalised preparations for their game against the Warriors.

A long time Sharks supporter, 17-year-old Dane who is suffering from Battens Disease, requested a visit to training and a Sharks game, with Make-A-Wish and the Cronulla club only too willing to assist.

As a result Dane watched training, met the boys and vowed to be back tomorrow to cheer them on when they tackle the Warriors at Remondis Stadium.

Dane was accompanied on his visit by mum and dad, Karen and Glenn, as well as brother Matt who also suffers from the very rare Battens disease.

The visit was made possible by Make-A-Wish who grants the wishes of children, like Dane, with life-threatening medical conditions in an effort to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Since 1985 Make-A-Wish Australia has granted over 7,000 life-changing wishes to seriously-ill children like Dane.

With a healing power that goes beyond that of medicine alone, Make-A-Wish wishes are an essential complement to a child’s medical treatment, with an international study finding that Make-A-Wish wishes have a remarkably positive effect on the physical and emotional wellbeing of children and their families.

Make-A-Wish relies on support from the community to ensure no child misses out on the opportunity to experience the life-changing and lasting difference a tailor-made wish makes. For more information about Make-A-Wish or to make a donation, please go to or call 1800 032 260.

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