Monday, 30 July 2012

Sports stars support #TeamOscar!

I'm sitting across the room from Oscar writing this, and he looks fantastic.  He looks more and more like himself every day, and his fun nature is returning.  He wants to talk, play, watch DVDs, but most of all he wants to go home!  He tells us several times a day that he wants to go outside, wants to go home, wants to visit people, and wants to see his little sister Izzie.  He is lonely and fed up being stuck in this hospital room, and who can blame him!  4 weeks today since he was admitted, and he has been completely isolated and connected to several machines since that day.  Not what any 3 year old should be doing over the summer months...

With writing about the hell Oscar and ourselves endured over this past few weeks, we haven't even told you about all the positive publicity and support Oscar has had recently from famous sports stars!  It seems everyone wants to join #TeamOscar!

The Cuban Olympic boxing squad were here to train a couple of weeks ago, and showed their support for Oscar by wearing t-shirts and displaying his appeal banner after a training session in Glengormley.  We wish them all the best during the London Olympics 2012!
Julio César la Cruz Peraza light heavyweight
Erislandy Savón Cotilla super heavyweight (on left)
Cuban Olympic boxing squad display Oscar's banner

Saturday 21st July was a huge sporting day for #TeamOscar...
In the Kerry v Tyrone All Ireland GAA football Senior Championship, the entire Tyrone squad wore #TeamOscar wristbands!  This was fantastic to see, as Oscar's mum (me!) is from Tyrone, and it means so much to have such great home support.  The legendary Mickey Harte has been a great supporter of our cause, and was also wearing his #TeamOscar wristband.  A few Tyrone players (inc Philip Jordan) are joining us during our #TeamOscar Abseil Event in September, down the Europa Hotel!
On the same day, in the Tipperary vs. Antrim All Ireland GAA football Senior Championship, a few of the Antrim lads were also spotted wearing #TeamOscar wristbands.  They have also signed an Antrim shirt for Oscar!
Ray Ginley & co  Emerald Roadhouse
Then on that evening, Belfast boxer Ray Ginley wore our appeal t-shirt and wristband prior to and after his victory over Jody Meikle in the Emerald Roadhouse.  There was also an appeal banner on display at this event, which Ray Ginley and the other boxers held at the weigh in.

Cliftonville collection raises £800
On Saturday 28th July, Cliftonville hosted Celtic in a friendly at Solitude.  The entire Cliftonville team wore #TeamOscar wristbands, and there was a bucket collection for Oscar's appeal!  This raised almost £800 - a massive thanks to the club, and all fans there who donated.  Oscar had been asked to be mascot at this game, but unfortunately he was not well enough to take part.  We're hoping he will make many public appearances once he is back on his feet and able to enjoy such events again!

Dancing on Ice winning professional Maria Filippov, who is currently at the Odyssey Arena offering skating lessons, contacted us to invite Oscar down for a personal coaching session!  Again, he is not yet well enough to take up this fantastic offer, but hopefully one day very soon!  Maria is now wearing her #TeamOscar wristband with pride!

Today there is a brilliant write-up in the Daily Mirror, showing Celtic and Wales midfielder Joe Ledley sporting his #TeamOscar wristband.  While we were in London for Oscar's specialist MIBG therapy in May, Joe invited Oscar's daddy out to have a drink!  See

Celtic and Wales hero Joe Ledley
There have been lots of requests for wristbands from other high profile sports stars recently, but we won't mention those just yet.  Keep your eyes peeled for #TeamOscar wristbands appearing in many more sporting venues!  Lets hope all our celebrity #TeamOscar members can help us get to our appeal target VERY soon!

1 comment:

  1. No probs at all selling my wrists bands. 100 in total. I gave buyers a slip of paper with all the details abt Oscar.. his age, his illness and the Team Oscar website where they could follow his progress and also mentioned they could donate more if they wanted via this website.

    HaiL HaiL Wee Oscar!!