For those who doubt the power of social media, we present to you a touching moment during Monday's match between Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton.
Chris Eales made a plea on social media to Sheffield Wednesday fans to sing a song for his wheelchair-bound father, Johnny Eales, whose health was deteriorating. The elder Eales is a lifelong Owls fan.
The younger Eales posted, via the Sheffield Telegraph:
After suffering some serious health problems two years ago, my dad lost his ability to work and has since rapidly deteriorated to the point of now having almost zero mobility.
His heart condition requires him to completely rest, but resting is only compounding his other health problems.
He has lost all hope of recovery. From talking to the doctors just last week, we do not expect my dad to be here for next season.
Just getting dressed on Monday to come to the game he will feel like he has run a marathon, but he will be at his favourite place in the world on Monday afternoon.
Hearing his name sung by the Wednesday faithful I know will give him the inspiration to fight on, and I hope it will restore the pride he has recently lost in himself.
And so, in the 12th minute of the match, the Sheffield supporters sang "There's only one Johnny Eales, one Johnny Eales, there's only one Johnny Eales!"
Charlton won the match, 2-1.
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