Siya Kolisi dedicates match against England to 7-year-old cancer fighter

Siya Kolisi dedicates match against England to 7-year-old cancer fighter

- Peet Pretorius, a seven-year old cancer fighter, led the Springbok team onto the field on Saturday

- The brave little boy met with the South African rugby team where he touched the heart of the Bok captain, Siya Kolisi

- Kolisi said he knew he had to do something special for the little boy, which included doing well against England during the second test

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On Saturday, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi carried a seven-year-old boy onto the field before their second test against England.

Peet Pretorius, a cancer fighter from Welkom in the Free State, was carried out on the field by the South African rugby captain on behalf of Reach For A Dream.

Little Peet's dream came true when he met the Springboks on Friday at the captain’s run at the Toyota Stadium, GoodThingsGuy reported.

Siya Kolisi dedicates match against England to 7-year-old cancer fighter

Peet and Siya Kolisi lead the Boks onto the field on Saturday. Photo credit: GoodThingsGuy.com

Siya Kolisi dedicates match against England to 7-year-old cancer fighter

Siya Kolisi carrying Peet. Photo credit: Dapper Vegtertjie Peet Pretorius se storie/Facebook

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The seven-year-old was reportedly very excited to meet his heroes and he told them they had to win the game the next day.

Meeting the little boy had an impact on Kolisi, who even received a gift from Peet.

“It was pretty special, he actually gave me a teddy-bear that said “Love Peet” written on the back. I thought about it and I want to make it special for him somehow. First and foremost we must do well in the game because that will make him proud.”, Kolisi said.

Siya Kolisi dedicates match against England to 7-year-old cancer fighter

Siya Kolisi and cancer sufferer, Peet Pretorius. Photo credit: GoodThingsGuy.com

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Briefly.co.za learned Peet was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on 6 April 2017, when he was just six-years-old.

He immediately started his three-year chemo treatment at Universitas in Bloemfontein. However, the Philadelphia chromosome was picked up in his blood, which meant he needed a Philadelphia chromosome.

Luckily, his sister was a 100% match and five months after his initial diagnosis, Peet and his family travelled to Cape Town to have the procedure done.

The seven-year-old is currently in remission and has to take nine cortisone pills each day, which results in severe swelling.

Siya Kolisi dedicates match against England to 7-year-old cancer fighter

Peet and his family. Photo credit: Dapper Vegtertjie- Peet Pretorius se storie/Facebook

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