A Bidwill youngster was the envy of footy fans at Brookvale Oval last Friday night.
Wests Tigers fan Lleyton Giles delivered the match ball to the middle of the ground via the CareFlight helicopter.
It was organised by NRL competition leaders Manly Sea Eagles, who went on to defeat the Tigers 40-8 that night.
Lleyton, 9, and parents Wes Giles and Belinda Hanson also got an opportunity to speak with prime minister Tony Abbott and raise awareness about Bear Cottage, which offers respite care for the families of seriously sick children.
Lleyton has been in and out hospital since birth with short gut syndrome.
Doctors told his parents four years ago that he would die within the next 18 months.
The family is in talks with doctors to decide whether Lleyton could be eligible for a liver and bowel transplant.
‘‘I don’t know how we’ve got here today,’’ Ms Hanson told the Star.
‘‘Doctors say to us that this kid is unbelievable. He wants to live longer and enjoy more things. His ambition is to do a lot of things.’’