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AFL Grand Final: The Son of Gary Ablett Jr. Runs Away With Geelong Captain Joel Selwood

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The toddler son of Gary Ablett Jr. Levi will run with Geelong captain Joel Selwood in front of 100,000 fans in the MCG before the AFL Grand Final

Geelong Cats captain Joel Selwood has revealed that he will run out with Levi, the son of his former teammate Gary Ablett Jr., ahead of Saturday’s AFL Grand Final at the MCG in Melbourne.

Three-year-old Levi was diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease in 2020 that left him with less resistance to fight disease naturally compared to healthier children

Gary’s model wife Jordan Ablett, 29, has previously said it’s unlikely the couple’s oldest child will ever learn to talk.

Geelong Cats captain Joel Selwood has revealed that he will be in the MCG with his former teammate Gary Ablett Jr.’s son Levi ahead of Saturday’s AFL Grand Final. (Photo: Gary and Jordan Ablett with son Levi)

Joel talked about Levi’s heartwarming Grand Final performance against Adam Gilchrist and Tim Gossage at SEN’s Breakfast with Gilly and Goss on Friday morning.

“I’ll let you in on a secret,” Joel said. “His son is running out with me tomorrow, which is quite special.

“I think it’s only fair for an Ablett to perform on Grand Final day, and it’s Gazza’s turn to cheer on his son.

“That will be quite special for the Ablett family, but also for the Geelong believers.”

Three-year-old Levi (pictured) was diagnosed in 2020 with a rare degenerative disease that left him with less resistance to fight disease naturally compared to healthier children

Three-year-old Levi (pictured) was diagnosed in 2020 with a rare degenerative disease that left him with less resistance to fight disease naturally compared to healthier children

In an interview with The Significant Others podcast in March 2021, Jordan spoke about the family’s heartbreak following Levi’s diagnosis.

“I just remember being in that meeting with Gaz and when they said it, I remember I absolutely collapsed,” she said.

“There is a very short life expectancy, which is why I constantly tell people when they ask about Levi that we literally take it day by day because we have no idea what the future holds,” she added.

In an interview with The Significant Others podcast in March 2021, Jordan spoke about the family's heartbreak following Levi's diagnosis.

In an interview with The Significant Others podcast in March 2021, Jordan spoke about the family’s heartbreak following Levi’s diagnosis. “There is a very short life expectancy,” she said

Ablett appeared on Channel Nine’s Millionaire Hot Seat in May 2021 and said there were some improvements in Levi’s condition.

“He’s a beautiful boy with a pretty serious condition,” the two-time AFL premiership winner with the Geelong Cats told host Eddie McGuire.

“We are seeing some improvement and Levi is getting physical therapy every day.

“The great thing about Levi is that he is a very determined boy and always cheerful. He brings so much joy to our lives.’

Ablett appeared on Channel Nine's Millionaire Hot Seat in May 2021 and said there were some improvements in Levi's condition

Ablett appeared on Channel Nine’s Millionaire Hot Seat in May 2021 and said there were some improvements in Levi’s condition

Gary and Jordan welcomed a second child, daughter Grace, late last year.

“Time flies and we can’t remember a life without her,” Jordan said at the time.

“She fits perfectly into this family, her sparkling smile and personality is really starting to sink in.”

Meanwhile, Joel Selwood and his wife Britt recently announced that they are expecting their first child.

Meanwhile, Joel Selwood and his wife Britt recently announced that they are expecting their first child.  (They are pictured at the Brownlow Medal in Melbourne last Sunday)

Meanwhile, Joel Selwood and his wife Britt recently announced that they are expecting their first child. (They are pictured at the Brownlow Medal in Melbourne last Sunday)

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