Brave Ben's Cancer Research fundraiser
Wed 24th January 2018 | Padiham | By Ian Templeman
A bucket collection in aid of Cancer Research UK will take place at this Saturday's game between Padiham and Squires Gate at the Ruby Civil Arena.
The event has been organised by Ben Hall, who plays at right back in the Storks' Under 18s Youth Development team, and who has recently undergone treatment after he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last August.
Ben, who is 17, has set up his own fund raising page for Cancer Research UK, to help raise money for the organisation, and in addition to the collection on Saturday he is also having his head shaved on 7th February to try and generate as much interest and money as possible.
Ben, who lives in Darwen, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer after his barber spotted a lump at the side of his neck.
An operation and radiotherapy followed for the apprentice joiner, but he is coping well with his treatment and has now returned to playing football at the Arbories.
Ben said: “It was a massive shock when I was diagnosed with cancer.
“Thankfully my barber in Darwen spotted a lump and said I should get it checked out. I then had an operation in Manchester and radiotherapy at the Christie Hospital in Manchester.
“I was just 16 when I was diagnosed – it was a shock. Apparently thyroid cancer is fairly common in people aged under 30.
"I would like to give something back to the people that have helped and are helping me with this battle and have decided on the 7th February I will be shaving my hair to raise money for Cancer Research UK".
Before then, Ben and his team-mates will be collecting donations at this Saturday's home match, and Ben is hoping to raise as much as he can. If you can't get to the game but would like to support Ben by making a donation, you can visit his fundraising page by clicking here.
Ben is pictured below.