Yorkshire Cancer Research and Leeds United.

Marching on Cancer. Together.

Official charity partner of Leeds United in the 2021/22 season.

We have been working with the club to raise awareness of cancer risk factors, symptoms and screening, and to celebrate the vital research that is taking place across the region.

The season highlights

The Leeds family has shown overwhelming support for our partnership this season. Fans have shared their own experiences with cancer, clocked up more than 350,000 minutes of exercise as part of Challenge90, and raised an amazing £50,000 for life-saving cancer research.

Leeds United heroes

At the beginning of the season, we invited fans to nominate someone who has a personal experience with cancer for the chance to win hospitality tickets. Meet our Leeds United heroes.

Daniel's experience

Leeds United v Manchester United. February 20, 2022.

Daniel was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 10. After having radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Daniel began rehabilitation to increase his mobility and independence. He has since completed a degree at Scarborough University in Professional Accountancy.


Thomas's experience

Leeds United v Newcastle. January 22, 2022.

Thomas lost his father to cancer in 2017, when he was just 14 years old. Despite such a massive loss in his young life, Thomas - who used to attend matches with his dad - has continued to study hard.


Michelle's experience

Leeds United v Arsenal. December 18, 2021.

Michelle works on the Children’s Cancer Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. She was nominated by her mum Heidi, who took her to her first Leeds match at just eight months old.


Finlay's experience

Leeds United v Brentford. December 5, 2021.

Finlay was diagnosed with leukaemia in August 2020, when he was 14 years old. He began his treatment, which will continue until October 2023, in the midst of the pandemic. 

Despite the effects of treatment, Finlay wanted to give something back to the charities that had helped him since he was diagnosed. He set his sights on walking a marathon, and over the course of a month completed the 26.2-mile distance, raising £10,000.


Chris's experience

Leeds United v Leicester. November 7, 2021.

Chris was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2019 while his wife, Tina, was pregnant with their son. At the same time, Tina’s dad was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and Chris stepped up to be there for his wife. Chris was welcomed to Elland Road by Yorkshire Cancer Research and Leeds United, to watch Leeds v Leicester on November 7th, 2021.



Lisa's experience

Leeds United v Wolves, October 23, 2021.

Lisa was diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer in 2019 and began treatment at the beginning of the pandemic. She had multiple surgeries, as well as several rounds of chemotherapy. She spent 10 months living at her mum’s house, away from her husband and two sons, after being told to shield during lockdown.


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