US cancer teenager gets dream trip to watch Leicester City play

A US teenager who drew inspiration from Leicester City's miraculous title triumph during his battle with illness fulfilled his dream of watching them play in person on Tuesday (April 4).

San Diego native Travis Hackett, 13, travelled to watch the reigning English Premier League champions take on Sunderland at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

The Foxes won 2-0, courtesy of goals from strikers Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy.

His trip was made possible by the Craig Willinger Fund, a US-based charity which arranges once-in-a-lifetime football trips for young people stricken with cancer.

Travis, who was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphocytic leukaemia in 2014, said his love affair with Leicester began after watching them string together an unlikely run of wins to avoid relegation at the end of the 2014/15 season.

Their title-winning success the next season coincided with Travis' own battle as he underwent treatment.

"I just loved how they made that great escape and then came back and surprised everyone the next year, beating all the big teams and winning the title. It was amazing," Travis, who teared up after learning about his trip, told the BBC.

"It was my inspiration to keep on going through all my treatment and they just helped me amazingly."

By the time Vardy and Co. lifted the title for the first time in the club's history in May 2016, Travis had been declared cancer-free.

He is now in the maintenance stage of his treatment and will continue chemotherapy until the next year.

Speaking before the teenager's visit, Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said Travis would be made very welcome.

"We do things like this in the community here - not just local but international. When we can make a child's dream come true like that and we see the smile on his face, there's nothing better than that."