Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has joined the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, who are urging the public to join the stem cell register.
The ACLT are supporting 12-year-old Damary Dawkins, who is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant as none of his family can provide a match.
Sterling visited Dawkins at the University College Hospital in London on Thursday and has joined the campaign as he hopes to raise awareness of his case.
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The Daily Mail quote Sterling saying on his visit: “Damary is a bright kid, they are a very nice family, and I want to do everything I can to help.”
Doctors told Dawkins, a member of Crystal Palace’s elite player development programme, that he needs a donor ‘as soon as possible’.
He is now on his second round of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with leukaemia three years ago, but a blood test in May showed the cancer had begun to grow again after being placed into remission.
ACLT’s co-founder Beverley De-Gale OBE added: “Damary is the most excited we’ve ever seen him. To have a Premier League champion here to help with the campaign is like Christmas come early for him.
“He’s been trying to get over the fact that Raheem has come from Manchester after having a game in France earlier in the week specifically to meet him and help to find this donor.”