Roger joins Arsenal

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Wed Aug 20 06:08:05 CDT 2008

>From The Islington Gazette:

Gunners raise funds for teen cancer trust

ARSENAL has officially named The Teenage Cancer Trust as its Charity of the Season.

The partnership was launched at the charity's specialist unit at University College Hospital, in Euston, today (Thursday). 

The club is hoping to raise £300,000 which will go towards a new education zone in the hospital. 

It is hoped the education zone will make it easier for teenagers being treated for cancer to keep up with their studies and it will form part of a new Day Care Centre on a floor dedicated to treating teenagers with cancer. It is due to open in 2010.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger and Roger Daltrey, The Who frontman and patron of Teenage Cancer Trust, were joined at the launch by 19-year-old patient Spiros East-Christoforou, who lives in Highbury.

He earlier attended a photocall day at the Emirates Stadium and watched the team train. 

Spiros, who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour at UCH, said "I had such a fantastic day at Arsenal - I'm a huge fan and it was incredible to meet the players, Arsène and also Roger Daltrey, who is as big a fan as me! 

"I even got a full Arsenal kit which I got signed by all of the players and the manager - it's a day I will remember for the rest of my life!"

Arsene Wenger said "It was a pleasure to welcome patients from Teenage Cancer Trust's unit to the stadium. We hope the youngsters enjoyed their time here. We look forward to working with Teenage Cancer Trust this year and raising vital funds to help Spiros and other teenagers fight cancer."

Roger Daltrey said: "It was great to kick-off the partnership today and give the teenagers a chance to meet their idols at the Emirates. I have been fighting for this cause for many years and I can't think of a better partnership."

Arsenal will hold fundraising events over the course of the 2008/09 season, including a designated match day and the Annual Arsenal Charity Ball. 

In previous years Arsenal has teamed up with ChildLine, The David Rocastle Trust, and the Willow Foundation. 

Last season, the "Be a Gooner, Be a Giver" campaign raised more than £500,000 for the autism education charity Treehouse, based in Muswell Hill.

 -Brian in Atlanta
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