NRL STARS SUPPORT ZIAD
Football players and community rally in support of ill youngster
A ST Clair boy who needs lifesaving surgery is touched by how many people have dug deep to help his family raise $100,000 to cover the cost of his operation.
Ziad Soltani, 12, told The Standard yesterday he was surprised how generous the region was.
“It makes me grateful that I have such a good community, and I’m thankful that so many people are supporting me,” Ziad said.
The youngster was positive ahead of his November 14 surgery, where top neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo will attempt to remove his growing brain tumour.
Ziad has undergone two operations and was last week told he would be paralysed in 12 months, and dead in five years, if the tumour was not taken out.
A GoFundMe page was created last week by family friend Krissy Stimpson and Mitchell Beggs-Mowczan, another supporter of the St Clair Comets 12/1s player.
Residents, sporting clubs and the wider community were touched by Ziad’s story and donated almost $10,000 in the first 16 hours of the fundraising campaign.
Ms Stimpson said, on behalf of Ziad’s mother Trudie Soltani, that she was “blown away”.
“She gets teary just to see what people are doing for her son,” Ms Stimpson said.
Through it all, Mr Beggs-Mowczan, of Erskine Park, tried to cheer up Ziad, and organised for some NRL stars to create a “get well” video for the young boy.
A Mounties Ron Massey Cup player, he called on men he had played with or against, including Panthers Bryce Cartwright and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, and asked them to record a video for the sick Comets player.
“I was a trainer for Ziad’s football team and got to know the family quite well,” Mr Beggs-Mowczan said.
“He used to watch all of my games ... I got to know how much he loved and adored his rugby league.
“He is a massive Bulldogs fan. He was really excited to see Michael (Lichaa) at the end ...Ziad’s a sweet kid.”
Comets president Mick Higgins said the club would support the family however it could.
Young rugby league player Ziad Soltani has a brain tumour and surgery is set to cost $100,000.
NRL stars Michael Lichaa (Bulldogs), Bryce Cartwright (Panthers), Lou Goodwin (Raiders) and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Panthers) were in the heartwarming clip.