Kia Lettice, 22, was diagnosed with metastatic gastric cancer earlier this year.
She was at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney when she was told she had “roughly four hours to live.”
That’s when she expressed her last wish: to meet former footballer Beau Ryan, who retired from the sport in 2014 due to injuries.
In an effort to make her friend’s dream come true, Mahalia Murphy, who is an Australian Rugby Sevens player, posted a status on her Facebook profile, stating Lettice only had a few four hours to live and all she wanted was either rugby player Greg Inglis or Ryan to come see her in order to boost her spirits.
Within moments, the post spread on the internet with over 600 shares and ultimately reached Ryan.
He responded to Murphy’s post saying he was leaving Shellharbour “in two hours” to meet Lettice in Sydney.
Ryan finally made it and the moment of his meeting with Lettice was captured on camera.
Murphy posted the heartwarming photo on her wall, thanking everyone for making her friend’s dream come to life.
"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," wrote Murphy.
In a second Facebook post, she added another picture of herself with her best friend and the rugby star.
“Priceless moment for my girl. The energy she gained from his presence was amazing! Beau Ryan is a legend! After 4 hours notice he made it!”
The 31-year-old former rugby league star also shared a photo of him kissing his fan on her head, captioned with a heart.
People praised Ryan’s kind gesture on social media.
What an absolute legend Beau Ryan is. pic.twitter.com/W4PjPhRIaX— Ian Westlake (@Wezz2511) December 6, 2016
Beau Ryan got to the hospital to see that young girl and it's honestly the best thing I've seen in a long while. Bless him— Whackjob from Wyong (@rabbitohslover) December 6, 2016
Murphy has also setup a fundraising page in order to raise money for her friend’s treatment.