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Teen rugby death tragedy

PUBLISHED: 12:45 19 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:21 25 August 2010

A TEENAGE rugby player who was days away from receiving expensive life-saving treatment has lost his battle with cancer.

A TEENAGE rugby player who was days away from receiving expensive life-saving treatment has lost his battle with cancer.

Blackheath Rugby Club player Drew Wayment, 17, from Belvedere, died on Sunday morning, days before he was due to fly to America.

His family, Erith School mates and the club raised £42,000 for the promising player since he was diagnosed with rare bone cancer on Christmas Eve 2007, as reported in the Times.

Tomorrow he was due to fly to the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas for alternative non-toxic treatment with his mother, Karin, and a nurse.

Mr Wayment also leaves behind his twin sister, Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar student Natasha, and father Reg.

He was not on sedatives when he died and watched Club's under-17s beat an all-star Kent County under-18s team last Wednesday night. Erith School pupils are due to hold a talent contest today, and a dress down day tomorrow to raise a final total of more than £10,000 towards the 'Fundraising 4 Drew' campaign.

All money raised for the campaign will be placed in a trust to help less abled young rugby players.

Mrs Wayment said: "Drew's legacy will live on forever through the 4 Drew foundation where we can aid and support less abled and less privileged children play the game he loved."

To make a donation email fourdrew@yahoo.co.uk or for more information visit blackheathrugby.co.uk.

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