Sunderland Child of Courage living with incurable condition gets VIP treatment with his Marvel heroes
Living with an incurable brain condition means Corey Adey has conquered many battles in his nine years – seeing him named as a Sunderland Echo Child of Courage winner.
Now, the schoolboy from Easington Lane got to meet his own heroes after getting the VIP treatment at Marvel Universe LIVE.
Earlier this year, we teamed up with Marvel to give away family tickets to the show during its run at Utilita Arena in Newcastle and one of our winners, John Snowdon, donated their tickets to his great nephew Corey.
Not only did it mean he could go to the show to see heroes such as Spider-Man and Captain America, after hearing about Corey’s story Marvel upgraded his tickets to VIP Meet & Greet and sent him lots of superhero merchandise.
The Easington Lane Primary School pupil lives with Moyamoya, a condition so rare it affects just one in a million people, meaning he suffers regular mini strokes.
In a bid to alleviate the symptoms, the youngster endured a five-hour surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Surgeons operated to increase the blood flow to his brain.
Corey, nine, along with his cousin Taylor, 11, and his parents joined other VIP guests at Marvel Universe LIVE to enjoy pre-show hospitality, face painting, Marvel goodies, and got to meet one of the stars of the show.
The winner was thrilled to pose next to Captain America alongside cousin Taylor, before taking his seats for the all action stunt show.
Corey, who is a big Marvel fan, said: "I was so excited about seeing this show as it's all live characters.
“I most liked seeing all the Avengers."
Mum Jade Abbott added: "Corey has been talking about this non-stop and was beyond excited.
“I'd really like to thank my Uncle John for generously donating the tickets which was a lovely gesture.
“Also to Marvel for making tonight happen."
In April this year Corey received a Child of Courage award at our ceremony at the Stadium of Light.
He bravely stepping on stage to collect his trophy despite having suffered a mini-stroke that very night.