Sports tend to bring fans together through the good times and the bad times. Fans show an immense amount of support for their favourite teams no matter what. For one young supporter, that faith was repaid this week in a move which saw the Toronto Argonauts sign a sick child and help make the seven-year-old boy's dream of playing in the Canadian Football League come true.
With the help of the Argos and SickKids, Darius Raso signed a one-day contract as the new running back with the team.
He got his jersey with his favourite number, seven, with a helmet that was just a little too big for his head.
The @TorontoArgos proudly introduce the signing of 7-year-old Darius Raso Full Video | https://t.co/h3TFchEitO… https://t.co/doqTPLkET4— CFL (@CFL)1567108800.0
According to the press release, this new recruit was able to take part in the team meetings in the morning and greet his new teammates.
He then had the chance to head to the field and participate in the Double Blue practice at Lamport Stadium in Toronto's Liberty Village.
Darius “Razzle Dazzle” Raso was a ⭐️ today. https://t.co/tqb7AGlrsD— Toronto Argonauts (@Toronto Argonauts)1567108546.0
The contract might only be for a day, but what a day!
On Sept. 1, you can see Raso in action as he plays in his first Labour Day Classic against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Tim Hortons Field.
It’s more than a game. https://t.co/PqbLpSwePf— Toronto Argonauts (@Toronto Argonauts)1567099089.0
Raso is seen with full energy during the practice, running out some of the drills and beating out his teammates to make his first successful CFL touchdown.
His Argo teammates, unsurprisingly, seemed inspired by how strong Raso was as he practiced alongside them.
Raso has been battling acute lymphocytic leukemia for the past year and goes through chemotherapy at SickKids hospital. His last treatment was just last week, but none of that seemed to put down his spirit.
After all, he was able to spend a day with his favourite team.
Start your Friday with this ridiculously cute interview with Darius and @IAm_Wilder32 from yesterday. https://t.co/tpjk493rV8— Toronto Argonauts (@Toronto Argonauts)1567171800.0
It always seems like your day ends faster when you're having fun, and that seemed to be the case for Raso. He even ended up making a lifelong friend with running back James Wilder Jr. Numbers 32 and seven were almost inseparable, according to the Toronto Argonauts.
He’s a super star. So I got his autograph. His first autograph ever!!! https://t.co/wU3jWN71cn— James Wilder Jr (@James Wilder Jr)1567129778.0
Although he's only a teammate for a short time, Raso has already left a lasting impression on everyone on the team. His bravery and strength impressed them all and that's something that'll be needed come Sept. 1 during Raso's first-ever CFL game. Although, we already know he's got this in the bag.
What a perfect addition to the team!