Liverpool and Everton are two of the fiercest rivals in any sport. The latest edition of the Merseyside Derby kicks off Tuesday at Anfield. There certainly isn’t any love lost between both sets of fans, but here’s a nice story that puts sports into their proper perspective.
Lifelong Everton fan Matty Bowman recently volunteered to get a tattoo of Liverpool’s famous, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” anthem across his shoulders. He did it to help raise money and awareness for a four-year-old boy named George afflicted with, according to the Liverpool Echo, “dysautonomia, a condition which affects the central nervous system causing major problems for the digestive system and the heart.” The painful-sounding illness includes George being fed through a tube into his chest.
Enter Bowman who was touched by the story and tried to do his small part:
“His mum has not stopped thanking me. We are going out for a meal next week as a thank you. If I didn’t want to do it, I wouldn’t have done, but I did it for a reason – it was for George, I’ve got a boy the same age.”
George’s family set up a donation page online last October and as of today it surpassed its £15,000 goal, which would allow George to travel to America for treatments.