BALLARAT'S Blake Dridan will feature on one of three AFL Record covers this round as he joins the call with St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt to "fight like Maddie".
The 12-year-old helped to launch this year's Maddie's Match campaign, in tribute to Riewoldt's sister, who died four years ago after bone marrow failure.
Blake has been fighting to overcome aplastic anaemia, the same severe blood disorder as Maddie.
A passionate Richmond fan, Blake had the chance to run on the ground with the Tigers alongside Jack Riewoldt (Maddie's cousin) last year for Maddie's Match.
This round's match between Richmond and St Kilda at Marvel Stadium on Sunday with be the fourth annual Maddie's match to raise awareness and funding to help find a cure. Maddie Riewoldt's Vision has raised more than $7 million for research projects since 2015.
Improvement has been slow for Blake, who had a bone marrow transplant in early 2017. He goes to school when he can but still often feels sick and sore.
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