Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with Acute Leukemia, the Premier League soccer club said on its website.
The diagnosis was confirmed by tests the 32-year-old midfielder underwent for a fever following last weekend’s loss at Arsenal.
“We expect to learn more about Stiliyan’s situation in due course and we have moved quickly to support him and his family,” the club said in a statement. “Stiliyan is cherished by many and he will get from Villa every ounce of love and support that we have to help bring this to a positive conclusion.”
This story illustrates yet again the way in which Leukaemia, a disease which is often labeled as one which effects the very young or the very old, can in fact strike at pretty much any time in an individuals life.
Of course we all wish Stiliyan all the best in his fight against his Leukaemia, but i also hope that the thousands of his fans who have already paid tribute to him on numerous sites may perhaps comsider popping a few quid in the direction of Leukaemia related charities such as Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and the Anthony Nolan trust. These organisations ,and others like them, are at the very front line of helping to try and save the lives of Stiliyan and thousands like him around the world. To all the fans and supporters i would say " dedications and kind words will give comfort to the individual but your support for those charities fighting Leukaemia gives a chance of life to many!"
In 1960 when Leukaemia Research was founded by the Eastwood family after the tragic death of their daughter Susan, a childs chance of surviving Acute Leukaemia was 1 in 10.
Due to the advances made in treatment over the last 50 years almost 9 out of 10 children beat this disease....but they need YOUR support to continue their AMAZING work :-). Lets make it 10 out of 10..
Good luck Stiliyan :-).