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Jason and Shaun’s special friendship

Shaun Johnson was a part of a Sharks NRL group who dropped in to Ronald McDonald House last year in an effort to lift the spirits of the children battling illness and those family members who were there to support them.

During his visit, Johnson struck up a special friendship with Jason Braniff, a youngster battling leukemia. Little did he know of the impact he would have on Jason, his family and on his recovery.

The Fox Sports website’s ANDREW JACKSON was pleased to report that Jason had ‘rung the bell’ as they say when patients are deemed to be in remission and allowed to return home, with Johnson’s support and encouragement playing a big role in the youngster’s road to recovery.

Johnson, who was away getting married in Byron Bay last weekend and unable to attend Jason’s bell ringing moment, sent a special message, with Jason responding in expressing his appreciation.

“I want to say how proud I am of you, for being able to ring that bell. You’re getting on top of it, finally in remission, I wish I could be there but I promise I’ll come and see you when I get back,” Johnson said in his video message. 

The story is a timely one, with the Sharks to embark on their annual Christmas Blitz, where the NRL squad will split up into groups and visit various hospitals, disability centres, and again Ronald McDonald House, over the course of the next week.

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My brother @j_been18 gets to ring that BELL! So humbled to have crossed paths with you 🙌🏽 here’s to the future my man!

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