Marching on Cancer: Daniel's experience

06 May 2022

“I went to see the Manchester United game, and when Leeds scored their goals, I was buzzing. It’s like getting into a warm bath; just brilliant.”

Daniel Dickinson, from Bridlington, attended Leeds United v Manchester United on 20th February with his stepdad and two friends. The nail-biting game saw Leeds score two quick-fire goals in one minute but ended in a loss for the Whites.  

Daniel was nominated for the chance to win hospitality tickets to the match by his mum, Caroline.  

He said: “I love going to Elland Road because of the atmosphere and being able to see my favourite team play live.

I’ve supported Leeds United from a young age. I grew up around Leeds fans and I played football when I was younger too. My favourite player is Illan Meslier. I love him because I used to play in goal and he is probably the best player.”

Daniel was diagnosed with a brain tumour 17 years ago, at the age of 10.  

He explained: “It started with headaches and vomiting, and eventually we went to the hospital where we found out I had a brain tumour.”  

His mum continued: “He had surgery to remove the brain tumour, and two days after the surgery he couldn’t speak, see, or walk. He couldn’t do anything for himself anymore, but he had to have the treatment to stop the tumour coming back.”  

After having radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Daniel began rehabilitation to increase his mobility and independence.  

He has gone on to fundraise for various cancer charities and has since completed a degree at Scarborough University in Professional Accountancy.  

Caroline said: “Everything he does, he’s determined to achieve, and he does achieve it. I am tremendously proud of him.  

“I nominated Daniel because he’s been through a lot over the past 17 years, and any treat that he can experience, that we couldn’t afford to do for him, is fantastic. I just knew that if he won, he’d really enjoy every minute and embrace it.”

Daniel added: “When I found out I was over the moon, and the day was just fantastic.”  

To find out more about our chosen nominees, visit: ycr.org.uk/lufc.    

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