Transcending the Game: The Human Side of Sport
Huffington Post Sports - almost 2 years
David Packman recounts how a chance meeting ultimately led to a poignant reminder of our own humanity - as two AFL footballers pay homage to a family member.
On a sunny midweek morning about eighteen months ago, I sat down alone in a café in Port Melbourne and before long struck up a lively conversation with the person at the table next to me, who introduced herself simply as "Maddie."
I can't recall how it came up, but it became clear we had something in common. The odds are something like 1 in 200,000 in my case, but this effervescent young lady and I revealed to each other that we were both managing very rare blood disorders.
A lively and at times humorous dialogue followed in which we laughed about many things, including the fact that her blood platelet count was too low and mine too high. Perhaps we could somehow combine them for a perfect count?
As she stood to say goodbye it suddenly dawned on me that this was Madeleine Riewoldt. I had read about her condition som
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