Manchester United fans are being encouraged to support ‘Levi’s Project’, a charity foundation set up in memory of a young Reds supporter who tragically died in late January.
The charity was set up to help children and their families during their time dealing with Osteosarcoma and Retinoblastoma, two forms of cancer that affect mainly children. It also hopes to highlight the links between these cancers and help dreams come true.
Levi Henson was first diagnosed with retinal cancer at 18 months and subsequently lost his left eye. Although he was given the all-clear to live a normal life, he was later diagnosed with bone cancer at 13 and sadly lost his battle on the eve of United’s League semi-final second leg with Sunderland.
Before his passing, Ryan Giggs – a patron of the East Cheshire Hospice - decided to step in and donate match tickets for last season’s 1-1 draw with Southampton before taking Levi and his proud father Tony Laight out for dinner at a local restaurant in Manchester.
Friend of the family Reuben-James Fiander, known professionally as Soul Urban Poet, also recorded a charity single entitled ‘Stronger - Levi Henson's Project’. Crucially, the track is still available to buy on itunes and Amazon with all proceeds going to Levi and the project.
“We encourage other United fans to get behind us and help raise even more awareness,” Tony explains. “The day has sadly come and Levi is no longer with us, but the project is continuing in his name because we want to help other families in similar situations.”
Visit www.LevisProject.co.uk to learn more about the charity.