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Terminally ill boy named as Rochdale substitute
Joshua McCormack was diagnosed with the tumour last year.

JOSHUA MCCORMACK, A five-year-old boy who has an inoperable brain tumour, has been named as a substitute for the third tier side Rochdale for a Cup match.

McCormack, who was diagnosed with the tumour last year and told it is terminal in September, will be unable to attend the match.

However, a shirt with his name will be hung in the team dressing-room and he will appear on the team list of substitutes.

“He has touched the hearts of everyone at Rochdale since we met him for the first time back in February,” manager Keith Hill told the Rochdale website.

No child should have to go through what Joshua is going through and we, as a club and a group of players, will continue to do whatever we can to support him and his family.

“We hope this one small gesture can bring some light to his family during this difficult time.”

Earlier this season Premier League side Sunderland fulfilled a dream of devoted fan Bradley Lowery, another five-year-old who has cancer, to be a mascot at the Premier League game game with Everton.

It prompted Everton to contribute £200,000 (227,000 euros) towards the £700,000 needed for him to undergo antibody therapy in the United States — a target which has since been reached.

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