Steven Gerrard dedicates Scotland game to Tewkesbury boy
ENGLAND and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard dedicated his performance in last night's match against Scotland to a youngster from Tewkesbury battling cancer.
The football star showed his support for 13-year-old Liverpool fan Mikey Grimmett, who has leukaemia.
Mikey got to meet his idol 'Stevie G' before the match, a dream come true set up by the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The Football Association invited youngsters representing the Trust, its official charity partner, to St George's Park to meet the England football players and take part in a special film to increase awareness of the cause.
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After being impressed by Mikey's positive attitude, Gerrard dedicated his performance in last night's friendly game to the brave youngster.
Mikey said meeting the star was an amazing experience.
"Monday was really fun," he said.
"All the players were so lovely with us all and it was great to meet them all.
"I'm a massive Liverpool fan so the highlight was meeting my idol, Steven Gerrard. We had fun chatting."
The FA aims to raise a minimum of £300,000 over an 18-month period for the Trust to fund new specialist facilities across the South West of England, together with education and nursing services across the country.
Mikey received his treatment at one of Teenage Cancer Trust's 25 specialist units. He said: "Being treated in a Teenage Cancer Trust unit was great.
"I was around other young people which made a huge difference to me and the nursing staff were brilliant."
The teenager added: "Support from Steven Gerrard, the FA and the whole team will make a huge difference to young people, just like me, across the UK."
Gerrard said: "The FA's official charity partner is Teenage Cancer Trust and I was honoured to meet Mikey.
"He's a lovely young lad.
"For someone so young to battle against cancer with such determination is a lesson to us all."
For more on the charity, see teenagecancertrust.org.