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Rugby chiefs fund trip to help sick player pal

PUBLISHED: 10:41 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:08 25 August 2010

TRIBUTE: Mickey Skinner presents Drew (right) with a  Blackheath shirt signed for him by the senior players.

TRIBUTE: Mickey Skinner presents Drew (right) with a Blackheath shirt signed for him by the senior players.

RUBGY club bosses have given up their match fees, expenses and payments in a bid to send a former player for life-saving treatment to America. Members of Blackheath Rugby Club have so far raised £20,000 to help 17-year-old Drew Wayment from Belvedere, w

RUBGY club bosses have given up their match fees, expenses and payments in a bid to send a former player for life-saving treatment to America.

Members of Blackheath Rugby Club have so far raised £20,000 to help 17-year-old Drew Wayment from Belvedere, who was diagnosed with bone cancer on Christmas Eve 2007.

Now after a year of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiotherapy the family hope to raise £50,000 to take their only son to Houston in Texas for Proton Beam Radiation Therapy.

His mother Karin said the family have "searched the world" for treatment for the rare form of malignant tumour in her son's shoulder called Ewing's Sarcoma.

She said: "We always felt in our hearts there was something else out there to rid Drew of this disease forever.

"We made enquiries to the clinic and told another prayer that somehow we would get Drew there. So we were delighted the very next day when Drew's coach Phil Ubeae approached us with the suggestion of fundraising. It was as if a miracle at last touched us.

"This news hit us all very hard; to say our world fell apart would be just an introduction.

"The thought his shoulder injury was cancer never entered our heads. Drew was heartbroken that he would have to hang up his boots and not run out with his beloved team for the season.

"Throughout this severe treatment, Drew continued to attend school studying and passing all of his GCSEs. We would say to Drew, it's okay to take time off and study at home. He would reply: 'Why? It's only cancer.'"

Four senior coaches at the club have also pledged to match the sum donated by the players.

President Blackheath Rugby Mike Newsome said: "Blackheath is underpinned by a 'One Club' philosophy covering all sections from the minis and juniors to the women's and men's senior sides.

"The tremendous response from all sections to the '4 Drew' appeal clearly demonstrates that in our 150th anniversary season the club is in very good shape. Our very best wishes go to Drew and his family."

To donate e-mail: fourdrew@ yahoo.co.uk or for further information call Sunny Singh on 07768 336309 or visit www.blackheathrugby.co.uk

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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