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Leeds United players and staff pledge “One Day for Toby”

All of the players and staff to donate one day’s wages for a four-year old fan’s medical care

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Sometimes, in all of the craziness that surrounds football, we can get blinders. It’s easy to focus on the team’s performance and the passion of fans for their club, but we also sometimes need to step back and look at the bigger picture. Cancer knows no colours.

Young fan Toby Nye, who is only four years old, has high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, and needs medical treatment that is routinely not available from the NHS. Leeds players and staff have pledged one day’s wages in order to raise the funds necessary for Toby to get treatment. The club has established a goal of £200,000 for Toby’s care. If the NHS does fund Toby’s treatment, or the money raised goes beyond what is needed, the club will donate the money towards supporting other families in similar situations.

Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that primarily affects children, and is often very difficult to treat. The cancer often spreads to the bones, lymph nodes, liver and bone marrow, and is a devastating illness.

Andrea Radrizzani told the club’s official website, “Toby and his family met with me recently and I was deeply moved by his situation, as we all are. At Leeds United we do things as a family, Toby is part of our family and he needs our help, I know our supporters will unite behind us and together we can get him the treatment he needs to get better.”

The club is has designated Friday 27 October, when the Whites will take on Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United, as “One Day for Toby” at which the heart-warming gesture from everyone at Leeds United will occur. There is a link to donate if any fans or anyone else from the general public wishes to help this family out in their time of need. Remember, cancer knows no colours. Help out a young fan in need if you can.