4-Year-old cancer patient inspires a rugby team to victory

4-Year-old cancer patient inspires a rugby team to victory

- The University of Stellenbosch’s Varsity Cup team has thrown its weight behin a 4-year-old girl suffering from cancer

- The girl sufferes from a rare form of pediatric cancer which affects her brain

- The Maties rugby team has been helping raise awareness and funds for the little girl

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The University of Stellenbosch’s Varsity Cup team, Maties, credits its latest victory over their bitter rivals Ikeys to a very special person. Maties won 33-14 in Stellenbosch on Monday evening.

Mihla Engelbrecht, a 4-year-old girl from Rustenburg, suffers from a rare form of pediatric cancer called cerebral neuroblastoma which affects the brain.

Briefly.co.za learned that the bubbly young toddler has lost most of her curly blonde hair but remains positive and upbeat. The rugby team decided that at the beginning of the season they would support Mihla. They have been raising awareness about her condition and helping to raise funds for a trust established for the little girl according to news24.com.

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Mihla was flown down to watch the match in Cape Town on Monday. A percentage of the ticket sales was donated to her trust.

Doctors have successfully removed a tumour from her brain but due to the aggressive type of cancer, it could return at any time.

Mihla is undergoing chemotherapy and will fly to the US for specialised treatment which may prevent cancer from ever returning.

The stadium was packed with 18 000 people, Mihla loved it and it spread awareness of her specific condition.

Maties loose forward Chris Massyn says that the team played with extra dedication knowing the Mihla was watching.

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According to Mihla's facebook page, one of the Maties players donated his match fee to her trust.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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