A young Chester FC fan who is battling terminal cancer lead the Blues out at Wednesday night’s youth team match against Gateshead.
Eleven-year-old Cameron Rowley who is battling an extremely rare form of cancer has been a life-long supporter of Chester FC so was very proud when youth team manager Calum McIntyre asked him to be mascot at the game which was hailed as a fundraiser following last week’s announcement that the club is in dire financial difficulties and in need of £50,000 to stay in business.
Calum McIntyre said: “We are really proud to invite Cameron to be our mascot on a massive night for us and everyone at the football club.
“His story is tough to read and he is an unbelievably strong young man. He is from a lovely family and we are looking forward to making him a part of our group on Wednesday evening.”
Cameron, from Ellesmere Port, was diagnosed with desmoplastic small-round-cell tumour (DSRCT) – a very rare and aggressive form of cancer - in April 2015 after being taken ill during a family holiday to Mexico.
Since then Cameron, who attends The Oaks Primary School in Ellesmere Port , has undergone chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumours at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital followed by radiotherapy treatment at Clatterbridge Hospital in Wirral.
Sadly, despite this treatment Cameron’s condition is now terminal and his parents Bren and Jacqueline have stopped any further treatment to allow Cameron to focus on enjoying his life as much as he can with family and friends.
Prior to the match Cameron’s dad Bren Rowley told us: “Cameron will be there as mascot and to help save his beloved Chester FC.
“Lets get behind Calum (McIntyre) and all the boys this Wednesday.
“Get down to the ground and make some noise and don’t forget to throw a couple of quid in the bucket.”
A crowd of 1065 turned out to see the Chester FC under-18s win the National League U19 Alliance Cup match 1-0.
Entry to the match was free but generous donations from the fans on the gate raised a staggering £12,800 towards the club’s cause.
Calum McIntyre added: “1,000 people have just rocked up and over £12,000 has been raised for this football club. That is phenomenal. Thank you to everyone.
“I’ve had some unbelievable nights here with the youth set up and that was up there with any of them because of what it represents.
“It has been a rough week but the supporters have been galvanised.”