MADRID — Cancer affects one in three people at some stage in their lives, according to Cancer Research UK. Sir Bobby Robson, former English football player and coach, and mentor to Real Madrid’s coach Jose Mourinho, was victim to this statistic. According to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation website, “Sir Bobby Robson fought cancer an incredible five times. Sadly, 17 years after his first diagnosis, he lost that long and courageous battle on 31 July 2009. He died very peacefully at his County Durham home with his wife and family beside him.” Because of his close relationship with Robson, Mourinho has vowed to make a difference and promote research and funding to find a cure for the horrific disease.
Coach Mourinho donated his 2010 Ballon D’Or World Coach of the Year trophy to an online auction to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation (SBR) and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The SBR focuses on the early detection and treatment of cancer and helps to support clinical trials of new treatment medications. The auction, which took place on Oct. 20, raised $286,844.10 USD. Mourinho’s trophy alone brought in $36,779.60 USD.
Sir Robson’s wife, Elise Robson, said, “When my husband and I launched our charity in 2008 Bob said he felt like he was at the helm of a team again. What he called his last and greatest team and taking on a challenge far greater than any football match. We began with the aim to equip a centre to trial new cancer drugs and we’ve been able to fulfil that ambition and do so much more. Our medical trustees are always looking for the next breakthrough, the next promising investment into cancer equipment or training. Always looking to fulfil Bob’s ambition to provide truly world class facilities for others fighting cancer. Sadly cancer affects us all in one way or another, but with us all pulling together, one day we will beat it.”
The Good in Sports applauds Real Madrid Coach Mourinho for donating his trophy to the auction in order to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. We also applaud the family of Sir Robson for their continued efforts in finding a cure for cancer.
- To learn more about the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, please visit: http://www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk/
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