Inspiring cancer survivor Tyler Fishlock’s dreams come true on MCG as he gets to toss coin against Geelong

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VideoDie-hard Tigers fan Tyler Fishlock was given a special honour before Richmond's clash with Geelong.

A die-hard Richmond fan’s dreams have come true, with four-time cancer survivor Tyler Fishlock getting to toss the coin at the MCG on Friday night.

The 18-year-old, who sadly lost both eyes during his cancer battles, was also named vice-captain for the Tigers in the match against Geelong.

Standing with proud dad Brad beside him in the middle of the MCG, Tyler was pleased when his friend, Richmond skipper Jack Riewoldt, won the toss.

Tyler Fishlock is a die-hard Tigers fan.
Camera IconTyler Fishlock is a die-hard Tigers fan. Credit: 7NEWS

Tyler’s battle began when he was just 18 months of age.

The inspiring teen faced a tough cancer battle again seven years later before the disease returned in 2017 and again in 2020.

Now six months in remission, the tough Tiger said he was honoured to be part of Richmond’s match day.

VideoA special moment for die-hard Richmond fan Tyler Fishlock.

“I’m definitely excited for the coin toss,” he told 7NEWS.

“There’s a bit of pressure on me but I think I can manage it.

“I just focus on what’s important, that motivates me.”

Jack Riewoldt has been a big fan of Tyler’s.
Camera IconJack Riewoldt has been a big fan of Tyler’s. Credit: Laura Spurway/Twitter

Hand-picked by Riewoldt to toss the coin, the Tigers skipper said he couldn’t think of a more deserving person.

“I hope he gets to leave every part of the tough part of his life behind for 10 to 15minutes, maybe the whole game,” he said.

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