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Villa help nine-year-old Colton’s dream come true

Young Superfan's Dream Comes True with Aston Villa

Colton Cook, a nine-year-old battling a rare form of cancer, realized his dream on Sunday as he served as Aston Villa's mascot during their home match against West Ham United.

In February 2023, Colton was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a condition that left him with an inoperable brain tumor. Living so close to Villa Park, he could hear the electrifying roar of the crowd from his backyard in Witton. Astonishingly, he had never been to a match or met his football idols, Douglas Luiz and team captain John McGinn, until the Aston Villa Foundation surprised him with a stadium tour just last week.

On Sunday, the young superfan, Colton, had the opportunity of a lifetime as he walked onto the hallowed turf of Villa Park, accompanied by his favorite player, Douglas Luiz. With immense excitement, he watched as Villa triumphed over West Ham with an impressive 4-1 victory, marking their 11th consecutive Premier League home win.

Adding to Colton's joy, Douglas Luiz crafted a memorable performance by scoring two goals during the match, surpassing Dwight Yorke's record with six successive Premier League home match goals.

Kerry, Colton's mother, shared her son's overwhelming delight, stating, "He absolutely loved it, especially because Dougie scored for him twice as well – he’s his favorite player. We haven’t seen him this happy since before he was diagnosed."

Aston Villa's midfielder, Douglas Luiz, was clearly moved by the occasion, expressing his support for Colton on social media after the match. Colton's father summed up the experience, saying, "It was amazing. He was all emotional. He could not believe it; it was his dream come true."

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