Yorkshire Cancer Research and Leeds United will thank the Leeds United community for Marching on Cancer. Together. this season at the match against Chelsea on Wednesday, 11th May.
As the club’s official charity partner, Yorkshire Cancer Research will pay tribute to all fans affected by cancer at the Elland Road fixture. First team players will show their support by wearing Yorkshire Cancer Research t-shirts during their warm-up for the match.
Throughout the season, Yorkshire Cancer Research has worked 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.
Juliet Glendinning, Director at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “The partnership with Leeds United has been so important. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to not only raise awareness of the work of the charity and raise vital funds to help prevent, diagnose and treat cancer in Yorkshire, but also to offer unique experiences to Leeds supporters who have been affected by cancer.”
The Leeds family have shown overwhelming support for the partnership, raising more than £50,000 for life-saving research in Yorkshire.
Juliet continued: “The support that the Leeds United fans have shown Yorkshire Cancer Research is amazing. They’ve really got behind everything we’ve done this season, and with their help we’ll be able to save more lives in Yorkshire.”
The charity launched the partnership in September 2021 by inviting fans to nominate someone affected by cancer for the chance to win hospitality tickets to Elland Road. The 10 chosen nominees were selected by a panel of judges and have been attending matches throughout the season.
Lisa Casey was nominated to win tickets by her husband Darren. She was diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer in 2019 and began treatment at the beginning of the pandemic.
Lisa and Darren attended the match against Wolves in October 2021, alongside their two sons.
She said: “We all had the best day ever. The atmosphere was out of this world, and we made some special memories that we will treasure forever.”
In April, Yorkshire Cancer Research invited children and young families affected by cancer for an exclusive tour of the iconic stadium, and afterwards they were surprised by three Leeds United players.
Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha and Joe Gelhardt surprised the youngsters as they posed for a pitch side photograph and spent time chatting with the families, as well as taking photographs and signing autographs.
The Leeds United community also got involved in Challenge90, a weekly 90-minute exercise challenge, smashing the 250,000-minute target to reach a huge 316,000 collective minutes of exercise throughout the season.
Thanks to first team player Jack Harrison, who hosted an online raffle for his hat-trick winning shirt worn against West Ham in January, supporters raised £30,000 for the charity.