Passionate Crows supporter Enzo Cornejo and his own biggest supporters, his school friends, had a special visit to West Lakes this week to meet their favourite AFL players through the Adelaide Crows Foundation.
Football mad Enzo has the extremely rare condition Progeria – the disease of premature and rapid ageing – which occurs in an estimated 1 per 20 million people worldwide.
Enzo is the only known Australian with Progeria but, despite his medical challenges, he is a bright and energetic 11-year-old who loves school, playing with his friends and footy.
After hearing about Enzo and his love for the Crows in The Advertiser’s SA Weekend magazine, the family was invited for a behind-the-scenes experience at the Club through the Adelaide Crows Foundation’s Crows Care program, which sees players and staff deliver experiences to support children and youth in need.
Head of Football Adam Kelly provided a tour of the football facilities followed by an opportunity to watch AFL training and trade jokes with players.
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Enzo Cornejo was doing the numbers after his chat with Adelaide legend Taylor Walker.
The 11-year-old Enzo had just handed out his business cards for his YouTube channel EnzoCubeHead and the former Adelaide captain was promising to pass them on to his teammates in the locker room, although the 32-year-old Walker joked he would have to learn what YouTube was first. Enzo told him he was hoping the new subscribers would take him through the 500 mark.
“I think there’s 43 of them (Adelaide players) so I’m going to earn 43 in an hour,’’ an excited Enzo said.
Enzo and seven of his friends from St Mary’s Memorial School at Glenelg – Daniel, Brodie, Rachel, Oisin, Ashton, Josh and Lewis – were guests of the Adelaide Crows Foundation on Wednesday, and hoovered up autographs and pictures, kicked goals on the oval while the Crows’ trained nearby and were able to meet many of their heroes.
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