Katherine Sinfield from Burton-Upon-Trent has been presented with a unique prize by Birmingham based charity Cure Leukaemia. The former primary school teacher, who suffers from Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia, has won twenty very special autographed ‘Support Stan’ boards. The boards were created during the Barclays Premier League’s 2012/13 Season when players and staff from every club in the league signed the eye-catching items to show their support for former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia back in April 2012.
The former Bulgaria international midfielder is now in remission after he was treated by Cure Leukaemia’s co-founder Professor Charlie Craddock at the Centre for Clinical Haematology in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where Katherine is also currently treated. The football community showed magnificent support for Stiliyan during his treatment with crowds giving a minute’s applause in the 19th minute of every Aston Villa match in the 2012/13 Season. The ‘Support Stan’ campaign raised awareness for the disease and the signed boards were a great way to highlight the support amongst the whole football fraternity.
Players across the league including Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and Frank Lampard along with managers such as former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson all took time before their matches with Aston Villa to sign and show their support for Stiliyan. The result was a truly unique set of items for one lucky recipient!
Katherine’s name was drawn out of a hat of full of people who donated to Cure Leukaemia during the Support Stan campaign and she was understandably delighted when presented with them at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with her husband Stephen.
The Sinfields have set up a website for Katherine to document her journey battling the disease, frequently hold fundraising events and appear in their local media outlets. On Sunday March 2nd Stephen is organising the ‘BONE-shaker MARROW-thon’ where motorcyclists from around the Midlands will ride from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to the Pirelli Stadium in Burton-on-Trent to raise money for Cure Leukaemia, the Anthony Nolan Trust and the QE’s very own charity.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to win such a special prize. The Support Stan campaign did so much to increase awareness for the disease and Cure Leukaemia. That can only help raise more funds in the future to continue the search for a cure. We’re not sure what we will do with the boards yet, it’s just lovely to see all the great names who have given their support; they look fantastic!”
Chief Executive of Cure Leukaemia James McLaughlin said,
“The Support Stan campaign was so instrumental in bringing this dreadful disease into sharp focus which is crucial for our ongoing goal to find a cure. Katherine has been inspirational herself in raising awareness through her own experiences and so it is very fitting that she has won such a coveted prize.”