English soccer star and Chelsea captain John Terry is helping a grieving family by paying for their son’s funeral.

Tommi Miller, 8, bravely fought leukemia for five years before the disease took his life. The Cambridge boy was a huge Chelsea fan, and even got to know some of the players after visiting the stadium.

“When we visited the stadium, you could tell John Terry was really taken by him and his cheekiness but it was still a shock when we heard,” Tommi’s mother, Ruth Miller, said. “Tommi obviously made a big impression on him and he was one of his favorite players so it’s very special to us.”

A friend of the Miller family reached out to Terry on Instagram asking him if he’d be able to help out financially. Here’s his response:

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The Miller’s are planning to buy a “special headstone” to honor Tommi.

H/T: BBC.com