Cranbourne’s Cody Wallace will take centre stage at the MCG - as a junior mascot for the Collingwood Football Club - to promote disability inclusion.
Ten-year-old Cody will lead the Collingwood Football Club onto the ground and through the club’s banner on Sunday, 29 May, to kick-start the 2016 Robert Rose Cup between the Magpies and the Western Bulldogs.
Law firm Slater and Gordon - the naming rights sponsor for the Robert Rose Cup for the fourth consecutive year – has selected Cody to be this year’s Magpies mascot.
The Nepean School student has developmental delays that were caused by a brain tumour that was not discovered until he was 22 months old.
His parents Tracy and Scott Wallace said they were thrilled that Cody had been given such an amazing opportunity.
“Cody and his siblings are all Collingwood Football Club supporters, as are the extended family,” his parents said.
“To be able to see the joy on Cody’s face will be priceless - a little boy who has endured more than any child his age should have to. He has had countless brain surgeries.
“This will be a moment that we cherish and the memory will last a lifetime.”
Slater and Gordon medical lawyer Nick Mann said Cody was a deserving mascot.
“The Robert Rose Cup promotes the inclusion of people of all abilities, to ensure that each and every one of us has the opportunity to participate in sporting activities and other opportunities,” Mr Mann said.
“Where we can, we try to support our clients beyond their legal claims.
“I am thrilled that we can arrange something special for Cody and I think everyone at the MCG will see what a delightful and inspirational little boy he is.”
The Robert Rose Cup is named after former Collingwood champion Robert Rose, who became a quadriplegic following a car accident in 1974.