SUNDERLAND striker Jozy Altidore proved he was made of the ‘write stuff’ by helping out a teenager.
Nathan Brown is a life-long Black Cats fan and decided to express his love for the club in a note to the Black Cats star.
The 17-year-old has Williams Syndrome and has taken to writing letters as a form of therapy and posted his well wishes to American international Altidore.
In response, the striker sent Nathan, who attends home and away matches with his dad Andrew Brown, a signed picture.
Nathan was presented with the memento by residential childcare worker Laura Charlton in front of his dad and mum Sharon Clark.
Nathan, who was once a mascot for the club, said: “I go to all the games and I’ve been to Wembley this season.
“It’s just cool.”
Mum Sharon said: “He has been writing lots of letters, he writes to St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow and quite a few places, it’s something he enjoys doing.
“It’s great the player has done this for him.”
Williams syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone.
It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities.
Mr Brown said: “Nathan loves football and all he ever talks about is Sunderland – so to be sent a signed photograph it has really made his day.”
Nathan has been attending Foxden respite centre in his home town of South Shields for the past two years.
It provides a short break service to families or carers of children and young people aged between seven to 18 with a learning disability, physical disability or both.