Brave youngster Dáithí Mac Gabhann was special guest at the Stadium of Light earlier this week.
The three-year-old was born with a condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which means that Dáithí was born with half a working heart.
Visiting with his parents from Northern Ireland, he took in Sunderland’s game against Leicester City, while he was over in the north east on one of his regular trips to the Freeman Hospital for treatment.
Football fan Dáithí experienced the game from the Montgomery Suite, where he met many club legends and had the chance to chat to goal scorer Chris Maguire, who paid him a visit after the final whistle.
Back in 2017, Dáithí and his family were told the only course of treatment for the youngster would be a heart transplant.
Dáithí has now been on the waiting list for a heart transplant for more than 500 days, and as the search continues his family and community launched the Donate4Dáithí campaign to raise awareness of organ donation, while he waits.
Since the campaign launched, over 80,000 have signed the organ donation register in Northern Ireland.
For information on how you could donate and details on the Donate4Dáithí campaign visit: www.donate4daithi.org