Six-year-old Joey Pleavin enjoyed a day to remember recently when he was invited to Melwood and given the chance to come face to face with his Liverpool heroes.

The avid Kopite, who is a Junior Member of the Reds, met up with Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and the rest of the first-team squad at the club's training complex.

In January 2010, Joey, who was joined at Melwood by his dad and uncle, was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer, retinoblastoma - cancer of the eye.

The condition only affects those under the age of five and less than 50 children a year are diagnosed in England.

However, after months of chemotherapy, Joey is now thankfully on the mend, although sadly the cancer was too far advanced to save his left eye and he now has to wear prosthesis.

After his visit to Melwood, a member of Joey's family emailed LFC to say: "Thank you so much for organising the visit to Melwood for Joey.

"We cannot believe the trouble everyone went to, and it made Joey feel very special. Everyone - the players and the staff - was great.

"Joey was so excited to meet his heroes, you have given him a day he'll never forget (or stop talking about)!

"Thank you once again, you have made a little boy - and two grown men - very happy."


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