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Teen Dogs fan heading to AFL grand final

AAP logoAAP 28/09/2016 Julian Drape

A teenage Western Bulldogs fan who has a rare genetic condition is going to the AFL grand final after his personal trainer raised enough funds to buy him a ticket.

Tyson Stanley, 15, has fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) - sometimes called stone man syndrome - which causes muscles and ligaments to slowly form into bone.

The Somerville teen is a Bulldogs member but didn't manage to secure a ticket for Saturday's match against the Swans until trainer Stuart Cunningham stepped in.

He found a ticket for sale in Queensland and raised the $700 needed to purchase it via a GoFundMe campaign.

Most of the cash came from members of Mr Cunningham's CrossFit gym and other Western Bulldogs supporters.

"Within 30 minutes we'd raised enough for the ticket," the trainer, who's worked with Tyson for four years, told AAP on Wednesday.

People donated additional funds so Tyson could buy snacks at the ground or possibly a football jumper.

Mr Cunningham says the 15-year-old is "stoked". He predicts the grand final will be a highlight of Tyson's life.

"He's a mad supporter - he knows all the stats about all the players."

Mr Cunningham will go to the match as the teen's companion.

The pair have become friends with Mr Cunningham training Tyson, who uses a wheelchair, once a week.

"As Tyson is slowly getting more locked or caged up in his body, we're a bit more restricted in what we do," Mr Cunningham said.

But they still do bicep curls, stretching, ball throwing and some leg training.

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