Trent Hodkinson reminds us about the good in our game

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 20, 2017

The pair have been close since meeting at John Hunter Children's Hospital in 2016, with Hodkinson dedicating his conversions in round three of that NRL season to Hannah as part of his "Tren7's Kick for Kids" initiative.

"He's the sweetest man, and we love him", Hannah's mother Rachel said of Trent to the Newcastle Knights.

Her mum initially didn't think she was going to make it to the event because she had been so sick in the weeks prior, but she wasn't going to miss the excitement of the night.

"She was so courageous and she's such a strong girl, you wouldn't know she is going through this".

'It's a credit to this strong, determined and obviously very powerful young woman to put a smile on her face and get on with day to day life.

"You just don't hear too much of the good stories", Hodkinson said.

Hannah has reportedly been battling Ewing sarcoma - a cancer found in the bones or soft tissue - and her school had organised to bring her formal forward to July when the 15-year-old would be well enough to attend.

"It's the type of person she is".

"I didn't expect this [media attention]... it has just taken off", Hodkinson said.

He said he hoped his gesture would increase awareness of Ewing Sarcoma and the impact it had on families.

"Meaning at this very time she has a very high dosage of morphine just to keep all her pain away".

"I mentioned to Sally at the Knights to let me know if she'd like me to go along".

"Hannah has had a few remissions and is now gravely ill".

"They are a most handsome bunch of young people", she said of the students.

Since then, her family and community have done everything to make Hannah's time as enjoyable as possible.

"She'll never get another moment like this, and it's pretty special", Ms Rye said.

The Newcastle Knights have promised further support for that event to help build Hannah's legacy.

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