Acclaimed writer, journalist and broadcaster Adrian Chiles has been appointed as a Patron for Birmingham-based blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia.
The devoted West Bromwich Albion fan and Chief presenter for ITV Sport, who recently presented their coverage of the World Cup in Brazil, is a long-standing supporter of Cure Leukaemia.
Adrian has a personal connection with the charity after his friend and fellow Baggie, Stephen Hayden sadly lost his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in 2006. He was just 26 years old. Stephen was treated by Cure Leukaemia's co-founder, Professor Charlie Craddock and Adrian was keen to offer his support to the charity.
He was instrumental in helping present and produce two videos for the charity, most recently for Cure Leukaemia's 10th anniversary in 2013, which gives a clear outline of how the charity works and its ambitions for the future.
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“I used to sit with Stephen and his family at the Hawthorns and was deeply shocked when he was diagnosed with this terrible disease. To lose Stephen at such a young age was truly tragic and his passing left a lasting impression on me.
I have seen firsthand the tremendous work Professor Craddock and his team are doing to help people in the same situation as Stephen find a way to beat leukaemia and I am deeply honoured to become a Patron of this great Midlands charity.”
Cure Leukaemia co-founder Professor Charlie Craddock said:
“We are immensely grateful to Adrian for the backing he has shown and the inspiration he has given to the charity in the past few years. His advice, encouragement and support have been invaluable and to many patients his support has been inspirational.
We are thrilled to have such a well-known and highly respected public figure supporting the work of Cure Leukaemia and on behalf of everyone associated with the charity welcome him wholeheartedly as a Patron.”