Greek international football player Vangelis Moras is in Melbourne to give one of the biggest gifts to his sick brother.
The player has come from his football base in Italy to undergo a bone marrow transplant on August 2 to give his brother, Dimitri, a chance at recovery.
Dimitri has been in Australia since March, after finding out he had high-risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia while on holiday.
He has been undergoing chemotherapy at the Alfred Hospital since his diagnosis, unable to travel back to Greece, with the health risk too high.
His whole family is now in Melbourne before the transplant operation on August 2 to give their support.
Dimitri’s story has touched the local Greek community, with thousands being donated to see him through his treatment.
In June, 250 members of the Greek community raised $20,000 for Dimitri, while the Save Moras campaign has seen more than $100,000 donated, paying for his first round of chemotherapy and his hospital stay.
Their aim is to reach $250,000.
The campaign has also reached international fame, with Greek singer Antonis Remos paying Dimitri a visit in hospital.
Now hope lies with the bone marrow transplant, that can make or break Dimitri’s treatment.
Before going into hospital himself, Vangelis took the time to visit Oakleigh Grammar and thank the Oakleigh community who gave thousands to help his brother.
Young fans couldn’t help but get a bit star struck, with many young Greek Australian students asking for photos and a hug.
To donate to the Save Moras fund, visit www.mycause.com.au/page/savemoras