Lions and sharks make Chris's day
As far as teenagers go, they don't come much tougher than the Coast's Chris Richardson.
The 14-year-old Maroochydore High School student has had a tougher time than most of late after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer.
Chris's day was brightened when Brisbane Lions AFL stars Jonathan Brown, Daniel Merrett, Tom Rockliff and Jack Redden paid the youngster a visit at Mooloolaba's UnderWater World yesterday.
As part of the day's proceedings, Jonathon and his team mates volunteered to swim with the aquarium's sharks in an effort to help raise some funds for Chris's recovery.
Brown, the Lions captain who organised the day, said he and Chris had become good mates over the past year.
"I met Chris early in the season when he was in the early stages of his chemo and we've become close," he said.
"I was struck by his courage and impressed with his positive attitude so we've kept in touch.
"I thought the least we could do was to raise a bit of money.
"It's obviously been very tough on him but it's also been tough on the family so to contribute in some small way has been great."
Brown admitted to being a little nervous about joining the sharks in the tank but said it was nothing compared to the courage shown by Chris in his attitude to beating his cancer.
"Diving with sharks will be interesting because I usually get nervous when the water goes above my waist," he said.
"It's fair to say I'm a bit nervous but it's the least I can do to help out Chris and his family."
A Sunshine Coast regional representative in cross-country, Chris also excels at cricket and Australian rules.
Looking back to his youth, Brown said he couldn't imagine life without sport as a youngster.
Article written by Anthony Brand, photo by Cade Mooney for The Sunshine Coast Daily.