A BRAVE boy who defied the odds after being given just a five per cent chance of survival has had his dream come true.
Deakon Beavers, six, who was resuscitated at birth and survived leukaemia and HLH - a rare syndrome which causes the body to attack itself - led out his Blackpool FC heroes against Huddersfield Town on Monday.
After his phenomenal recovery, which also involved rehabilitation from a bone marrow transplant aged only four-months-old, the Baines Endowed Primary School pupil met up with his idols during a training session at their Squires Gate base where he met Tom Ince, his favourite player.
Deakon, from Coniston Avenue, Thornton, was joined at the training ground by his parents Karen and Phil Beavers, who also have a three-year-old daughter, Lyla, and a six-month-old son Logan.
Mrs Beavers, 31, said: “He missed out when he was little so it was great to do something with him that was fun. It was fantastic.
“He had two special days - a limo picked him up and took him to the training ground on Saturday.
“He watched them training and Ian Holloway lined some balls up on the pitch for him to kick into the net.
“He really enjoyed it.
“On Monday we went to Blackpool FC and he was given a kit. We were taken to the changing rooms and he was given a football to get signed by the players.
“He got a cuddle off Ian which was lovely.
“Deakon went on as a mascot and held Tom Ince’s hand.
“He was really happy. He said his favourite moment was coming out of the tunnel and he was really proud.”
The surprise visit to the training ground and the opportunity to take to the field at Bloomfield Road as a mascot was organised by the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Joanne Micklewright, head of wishgranting, said: “Make-A-Wish is delighted to have been able to grant Deakon’s wish to meet the Blackpool football team.
“We hope he thoroughly enjoyed his wish and both he and his family will take away many magical memories from it.”