'I would also like to thank the Geelong football club for the way you have cared for our family throughout this time, always ensuring that we feel loved and fully supported. Geelong superstar Gary Ablett has opened up on two health concerns his family has been dealing with privately, including his young son’s rare and degenerative disease. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. ‘Hi buddy,’ Ablett appears to say, before holding Levi’s hand and lifting it up for another soft kiss. Gary Ablett Jr. announces that his son, Levi, has been "diagnosed with a rare and degenerative disease." A few days before leaving for Queensland, the player shared a tender photo on Instagram with his son. He is the son of Gary Ablett Snr, a Geelong legend who is widely considered one of the greatest players of the modern era. (Instagram: Gary Ablett)Under such circumstances, the Abletts did what most parents would do. Ablett's post was followed with an open letter to the 17-month-old uploaded on Jordan's Instagram account. 'After a great amount of thought and consideration, we decided that it's time to share this with you. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. Ablett’s wife Jordan and son watch on as he walks across the pitch for the last time, Ablett (left) is pictured with his wife Jordan (right) and their son Levi, who has a rare condition. ‘We know you’re cheering us on from afar and hopefully we can bring that cup home for you. 'Yesterday was a very special day and I'd just like to say a big thank you to everyone for your messages of support and encouragement,' his post reads. Despite this situation, Ablett Jr's wife has commented that she has much to be thankful for because now that her son's diagnosis is known, they can be directed to a treatment that improves his prognosis. 'We don't know what our future holds together but we do know that you'll never have to feel alone.'. email@example.com 096654 78184 Alumni; Calendar; Admission Procedure; Admission Form Touching moment Gary Ablett Jnr plants a kiss on his toddler son who is battling a rare degenerative disease as he retires from AFL on Grand Final night Geelong star Gary Ablett Jr played his final AFL game in Saturday’s Grand Final Ablett greeted his wife and son after the his final loss in heartwarming […] ‘We thank you for your love and support and want to emphasise just how grateful we are to be Levi’s parents,’ Ablett wrote at the time. By Jackson Barron For Daily Mail Australia, Published: 07:04 EST, 5 July 2020 | Updated: 08:40 EST, 5 July 2020. Ablett, who celebrated his 350th AFL game milestone with a win against Gold Coast at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday, revealed his family’s private struggles via an Instagram post on Sunday afternoon. Ablett will remain with the Cats during the hub period and travel to NSW and Western Australia while his family stays home. Levi was diagnosed with a degenerative condition this year, just months before Ablett’s mother-in-law Trudy Papalia lost her battle to lung cancer in August. “Anyone who knows him knows how full of joy he is and how he always has a smile on his face.”. The 36-year-old kicked an incredible late goal from outside fifty in the Cats 37-point win over the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday. “He’s a happy and determined boy who is showing our family there is so much to be grateful for.”, Was $13 now $7 per week for 12 weeks* (Digital + Print). 'You are so loved by all of the people in your world and you are and will continue to be a true miracle. Anyone who knows him knows how full of joy he is and how he always has a smile on his face. This year has been difficult for everyone, as the pandemic has caught us off guard and caused many losses. To enable Verizon Media and our partners to process your personal data select 'I agree', or select 'Manage settings' for more information and to manage your choices. The 36-year-old was teary-eyed as he was clapped out of the Gabba in Brisbane on Saturday – closing the door on his 357-game AFL career. Peaceful demonstrations turned into confrontations between police and protesters in the West Village and near Union Square. The young son of AFL star Gary Ablett Jr has been rushed to hospital as he continues to battle a rare degenerative disease. Accompanied by his wife and son, Ablett Jr. said goodbye after a brilliant career with 357 games. The Geelong Cats star retired from the AFL the night his team lost the 2020 Grand Final. Speaking of her mother's illness, Jordan also said that she is thankful that she did not catch Covid-19. Gary Ablett Jr, 34, is an Australian AFL player, as was his father. Ahead of the end of season decider, Jordan spoke candidly about raising a son with a rare disease, as well as losing her mother to cancer. Geelong. Close. Gary Ablett walking to his guard of honor during the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at in Brisbane, Australia, in October 2020. Posted by. 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'My body, my rules': Ulrika Jonsson hits out at those criticising her decision to share THAT naked selfie (including her own children!) By Zoe Zaczek and Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia, Published: 14:35 BST, 24 October 2020 | Updated: 14:35 BST, 24 October 2020. AFL champion Gary Ablett Jnr has shared a new photo on his “brave” son Levi as the youngster continues to battle a rare and degenerative illness. Ablett's post was followed with an open letter to Levi on Jordan's Instagram account (pictured together). Lastly to my family, there’s no way I could have achieved what I have without your constant love, encouragement and support... I’m looking forward to what’s to come for our family.”. ‘Hi buddy,’ Ablett appears to say, before holding Levi’s hand and lifting it up for another soft kiss. Gary Ablett will be on the Cats flight to Sydney tonight at 8.30pm as he revealed today his son Levi was battling a rare degenerative disease. The Geelong star posted an image on Instagram of the smiling 19-month-old tonight showing him being fitted with a medical boot. 'We have no doubt that we are your parents for a reason, and we feel a strong sense of privilege to be entrusted with such a great and precious responsibility. Without you I wouldn't have made it to 350 games. Scary moment woman twerking on the roof of a Jeep gets dropped on her head during downtown Los Angeles celebrations for Dodgers' World Series... Why have the crucial states taken so long to count votes? “Yesterday was a very special day and I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone for your messages of support and encouragement,” he posted at the time.“To reach this milestone was extra special for my family and I for a number of reasons. During this year, the Ablett Jr family has not only faced this illness of their beloved toddler Levi. 'The many things that you do for Levi and I all the while hurting and caring for your mum and also trying to get your head around Levi's diagnosis. She is also grateful that her mother was able to be at home, cared for by her loved ones, and left surrounded by the love of her three daughters. We pray for you every day and we will continue to take each day as it comes. “What many of you don’t know is that our son has been recently diagnosed with a rare and degenerative disease. Play it now. “We got some special boots fitted for our brave boy yesterday,” Ablett wrote. 'We have no doubt that we are your parents for a reason, and we feel a strong sense of privilege to be entrusted with such a great and precious responsibility. He spent eight seasons with the Suns before returning home in late 2017 following the tragic loss of his sister Natasha. But what many of you don't know is that our son has been recently diagnosed with a rare and degenerative disease. AFL legend Gary Ablett (pictured with baby grandson Levi) has faced controversy after a young woman died in his hotel room in 2000, three years after he retired, Ablett and his wife Jordan also recently mourned the loss of her mum Trudy (pictured with grandson Levi), Levi was at the Gabba to see his dad play his final AFL game for the Geelong Cats. The eldest son of Australian Football Hall of Fame member and former Hawthorn and Geelong player Gary Ablett Sr., Ablett was drafted to Geelong under the father–son rule in the 2001 national draft and has since become recognised as one of the all-time great midfielders. Geelong Cats star Gary Ablett Jnr (right) greets his wife Jordan and their son Levi after the AFL Grand Final on Saturday, The 36-year-old was teary-eyed as he waved goodbye to the crowd on Saturday – closing the door on his 357-game AFL career. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Ablett's post was followed with an open letter to the 17-month-old uploaded on Jordan's Instagram account. 'We don't know what our future holds together but we do know that you'll never have to feel alone. The now-retired player wrote: “I also just want to thank you very much for pausing your celebrations last night to send me off with a guard of honour. Some of you might already know that Jordan is caring for her mum as she battles with cancer. 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