The touching story of a teenager’s battle with cancer inspired football fans to make a £15,000 donation to charity.
Oran Kenyon, aged 18, moved guests at Sheffield United’s 125th anniversary celebrations so much they agreed to hand over the whopping sum to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
The sell-out 1,200 audience heard the story of Ridgewood School student Oran, who was diagnosed with primary bone cancer in January 2013.
Joining Blades legend Chris Morgan on stage, Oran, told the audience how Weston Park’s dedicated teenage unit has helped him in his fight against the disease.
The unit, which treats teenagers and young adults aged 16 to 25, was where Oran also underwent complex surgery to remove part of his pelvis, meaning that he was unable to walk for a year.
Despite his diagnosis and treatment, Oran passed 11 GSCE exams and has recently completed his AS levels, gaining an A* and an A grade.
He is hoping to study to complete his A Levels with the hope of becoming a teacher.
After sharing his story, Oran was presented with a Sheffield United shirt with the name Kenyon and number 18 on the back, to mark his recent 18th birthday.
Businessman Mark Holland, who donated £5,000, said: “Oran’s story is remarkable. We do a lot of charity work and we’re delighted to donate to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity as it is such a great cause.”
Tina Harrison, deputy director at Weston Park, said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed by the support we received which helped raise an outstanding £15,000. Mark’s individual donation was fantastic.
“Thanks to the generosity of people on the night and Oran, who told his brave story, we are able to continue funding vital projects which ultimately improves the treatment and care of over 60,000 cancer patients across our region.”
Sheffield United operations director Dave McCarthy welcomed the donation and said: “Oran’s story was remarkable and brought the audience to its feet.”