AUSTRALIAN rugby league star Beau Ryan answered a desperate Facebook plea to visit the bedside of a stricken young cancer patient on the verge of death. Ryan made the two-hour dash to a Sydney hospital after a plea on the social network was shared around. The former Wests Tigers and Sharks back got wind of the post and immediately set off on the 90-mile journey to see Kia Lettice as she inched closer to dying. Her friend Mahalia Murphy, herself a rugby sevens player, had made the public announcement in the hope it would boost the ailing 22-year-old. In her post, Mahalia said: “Urgent request! Any assistance to boost my friend up. She is currently in Prince of Wales hospital and has roughly four hours to live. “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.” Within minutes Ryan, who is now a popular TV star after retiring from the sport, got in touch to say he was on his way. He drove up from where he was in Shellharbour to the hospital in Sydney and was able to spend an hour at the bedside of Kia, who is fighting ovarian cancer. The brave fan showed immediate signs of rallying after the visit of one of her heroes – and she still hopes to be able to meet Inglis when he returns to Queensland.