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Beau Ryan grants cancer victim Kia Lettice's dying wish

The NRL legend drove two hours to be by Kia's side in her final hours.

By Chloe Lal
Kia Lettice is the brave girl suffering from ovarian cancer.
The 22-year-old, who is in Sydney's Prince of Wales Hospital, had a dying wish to meet rugby great, Beau Ryan... and her friend Mahalia Murphy, also a rugby player, was determined to make her dreams come true.
"Any assistance to boost my friend up? She is currently in Prince of Wales hospital and has roughly 4 hours to live as she’s fighting cancer,” Mahalia penned on Facebook.
"She wants Greg Inglis or Beau Ryan to come see her. If everyone can share this or get in contact for me this would be much appreciated."
It took less than an hour for the former Cronulla Sharks' star to respond to her plea.
"Leaving Shellharbour now! See you in two hours," he wrote on Mahalia's now viral post.
"Tell her to stay strong."
Within two hours the father-of-one was by Kia's side, happily chatting to her, posing for snaps and even giving her a hug and a kiss.
Kia was overjoyed by her friend's efforts in getting Beau to visit her.
Mahalia was so touched by Beau's actions that she took to Facebook to praise the sporting star.
"Thanks to everyone for making this special moment happen."
"Beau Ryan you are a true legend man. Can't thank you enough for this moment."
In another post, she wrote, "The energy she gained from his presence was amazing! Beau Ryan is a legend. After 4 hours notice he made it!!!"
Model Emily Skye shared, "The beautiful girl was told she only had a few hours to live & her dream was to meet Beau Ryan & he found out & drove to hospital to see her!"
The NRL commented, "Not all heroes wear capes!"
People across the country were quick to send their love to the ailing girl.
Many added in the hashtag "stay strong", while others praised Mahalia's efforts in making her friend's dying wish a reality.
One person said, "Amazing Mahalia Murphy you truly are a inspiration to so many.you have a heart of gold. Thankyou beau ryan a true man.you go above n beyond . well done. You fulfilled her wish . massive achievement."
Fans were also touched by Beau's actions, with one penning, "Congratulations Beau Ryan for giving this brave girl her dying wish, it's so easy to take life for granted, nothing is promised. When the time comes. Rest In Peace."
"Goosebumps. What a beautiful gesture beau Ryan. Hope this brought some happiness is what must be such a difficult time," another wrote.
While one person gushed, "Some people actually aren't all money fame and Beau Ryan is a beautiful hearted man."
Kia is still bravely fighting, with her relatives telling the Daily Mail that she make make it in time to meet Greg Inglis.
"She talked to Greg Inglis... he’s in Queensland but he said he will come and see her when he's back and Ryan said he'll make some time to come back and visit her again," her relative Jarrod said.
He also revealed how happy she was that she got to meet Beau, saying, "You were able to see it [her spirits lifting], her eyes opened up more, she was sitting up actually taking photos and smiling."

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