BURTON cancer sufferer Katherine Sinfield has been presented with a unique prize after supporting an appeal to help a footballer suffering from the same condition.
The primary school teacher, of Balfour Street, was given 20 autographed ‘Support Stan’ boards, after she was selected from a number of people who donated to a scheme in support of former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in April 2012.
The boards have been signed by players and staff from all clubs in the 2012/13 Premier League, who did it to show their support for the retired player, affectionately known as Stan.
Katherine, who is married to Mail journalise Stephen Sinfield, said: “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.”
The 33-year-old received her prize at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, where she has been receiving treatment for chronic myeloid leukaemia since April last year.
She is currently recovering from a bone marrow transplant, after a match was discovered late last year.
During her illness, she has been campaigning to raise awareness of the disease and the need for more people to donate bone marrow for those suffering from it.
The Sinfields have also set up a website to document Katherine’s battle with the disease, and have organised several fund-raising events.
In March, Steve will be joined by motorcyclists from around the Midlands for the Bone-shaker Marrow-thon, in which they will ride from Queens Elizabeth Hospital to Burton’s Pirelli Stadium for charity.