Damien Cook has invested a lot of effort into his special relationship with the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics.
Spearheaded by Cook – He, FAST and the Rabbitohs worked hard to create an unforgettable experience for sufferers of the neurological disorder at our Member Appreciation Round clash against the Raiders whilst raising funds towards treatments and a cure.
Cook has written this piece for our Members to give a behind-the-scenes account of the planning, working his way into the team for this special round, Iosia Soliola’s contribution and his future plans with FAST and the Rabbitohs.
In His Words: Damien Cook
I could tell how proud Frank was when I met him with Jacob out on the field. Running out onto the field with Jacob was very special not only for him but also for me. Frank and his family are big Souths fans so to have little Jacob in the tunnel was special.
It was a bit difficult at the start because his carer took his Skittles off of him and he lost it a little bit but once we gave them back to him he was more than happy to run out with us. He had a big smile on his face the whole way out and seeing Frank there at the end, how proud he was and how happy he was, it’s these little things that we can do in the position we’re in to make a massive difference to those people.
There were a lot of emotions going around. To be honest I tried to get a lot of it sorted out and planned during the week because I was starting after a few weeks of not starting. I had to concentrate on that so I was lucky enough to have all of the plans put in place.