Sheffield Wednesday fan Craig Nettleship is today holding a special 24-hour football match to honour Weston Park Hospital after being diagnosed with a giant tumour.
The 29-year-old has had two operations and undergone gruelling radiotherapy at Sheffield hospitals since the cancerous tumour was diagnosed almost a year ago.
The Owls fan is today holding a 24-hour football match to boost Weston Park Hospital, where he had the radiotherapy.
Craig and his friends are staging their 24-hour five-a-side football match challenge at the Concord Leisure Centre in Shiregreen from 5pm today, Friday 26 June.
Craig said: “I had tinnitus and I got a strange sound in my ear, so my local GP referred me to a specialist who said I could have an MRI scan or he could look behind my nose - I thought an MRI was the best of the two options.
“I’d had no idea this tumour was there, I’d had virtually no symptoms at all.”
Craig had urgent surgery to remove part of the tumour – but then had to make the decision on whether to have a second, riskier, operation as well.
Craig said: “I was extremely relieved to wake up afterwards the operation and phone my wife so she was aware that I was okay.
“When I went up to the ward I just decided to do something for charity, and as soon as I was back up and running I wanted to do something sport related.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/Craig-Nettleship to donate to the cause.
The club would like to wish Craig all the best and show full support to him and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.