The nine-year-old victim of a horrific bullying attack in Queensland will lead the Indigenous NRL All Stars onto the field on Saturday night as the sport rallies to send a strong stance on bullying.
Quaden Bayles, who was diagnosed with achondroplasia, was the subject of a heartbreaking Facebook video posted by his mother in which he says he wants to kill himself as a result of schoolyard taunts.
Since being posted online the video has been viewed more than 4.6 million times.
This afternoon the NRL announced the Indigenous team in the Harvey Norman NRL All Stars series had invited young Quaden to join them in camp.
In a video posted to Twitter, the squad led by fullback Latrell Mitchell, voiced their support for the nine-year-old.
"Just wanted to wish you all the best brother. We know you're going through a hard time right now but the boys are here and we've got your back," Mitchell says into the camera.
"We're here to support you and we just want to make sure you're alright and we want you around and we want you to lead us out on the weekend.
"Make sure you're looking after yourself and we hope to see you in the next couple of days."
Nine News understands Cody Walker will bring Quaden into the player's camp tomorrow before he leads the team out on Saturday night holding the hand of Joel Thompson.
In an interview with NITV, Quaden's mother said she posted the video to raise awareness about the horrific affect bullying can have on disabled children.
"I have copped a lot of backlash for it, I thought twice about deleting it ... but I wanted people to see the effect bullying is having on my child. If I don't stand up and speak out for him, who will," she said.
Victims of bullying can contact Kids Helpline for free on 1800 55 1800.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/nrl-indigenous-all-stars-match-quaden-bayles-to-lead-team-out-onto-cbus-stadium/d86cad47-c06c-4c14-a133-7170752d0a93