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Leeds United reach fundraising goal for young cancer patient Toby Nye

A final £25,000 donation from Samu Saiz pushed the fundraiser to its goal of £200,000

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Leeds United’s fundraising efforts for young Toby Nye, a five year-old Leeds fan suffering from a rare type of childhood cancer, have reached their goal today. The goal has been reached after a £25,000 donation from Samu Saiz, who is currently serving a six match suspension for spitting, put the total at £200,000, the stated goal of the club.

Per the club’s official website:

Leeds United Managing Director Angus Kinnear said: “ We talk about family and togetherness a lot at our club, it’s a culture we have been determined to reinstate across everyone involved with Leeds and raising this money has truly been a team effort.

“Staff, players, corporate partners and our supporters have united together to give Toby the best opportunity with further treatment and I am incredibly proud of everyone concerned.”

Toby Nye will attend Saturday’s game with Millwall, the last time he can come to Elland Road before his great ember begins.

Earlier this season, Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani was moved by the story of Toby Nye, the young fan suffering from a rare form of childhood cancer. Toby has high-risk neuroblastoma, for which the NHS does not routinely have treatment available, and he needs life-saving medical treatment. Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that usually strikes children and is extremely difficult to treat, as it has usually spread throughout the body by the time it has been detected.

The club announced that the home fixture against Sheffield United as “One Day for Toby” fundraiser. Everyone at the club, from the executives to the footballers to the retail staff, all donated one day’s wages to support the fundraising efforts of “Team Toby.” The club raised £150,000 on the “One Day for Toby” on 27 October of last year and, after the generous donation from Saiz, the goal has now been reached.