Aston Villa transplant appeal man Nathan Hancock dies14th November 2008
AN ASTON Villa fan who appealed to Mail readers to help save his life has died.
Sports teacher Nathan Hancock was just 22 when lymphoblastic lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer which resists chemotherapy, claimed his life on Sunday after he failed to find a bone marrow donor.
Nathan, who prompted a nationwide appeal for donors, will buried next week in Villa kit and a claret and blue coffin.
The former Lincoln City footballer, from Skegness, had felt an affinity to Birmingham as a lifelong Villa fan and almost played for his favourite team after winning a trial as a teenager, before a broken leg put paid to his dreams.
“The family is devastated but we’re continuing the campaign to get more people on the bone marrow registers because it was his wish if it couldn’t help him at least it would help others,” said Nathan’s cousin, Helen Bell.
“It’s more important than ever for people to understand the importance of being a donor.
“Nathan had just moved in with his girlfriend before becoming ill, and loved his job. Life was good.”
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Title: Aston Villa transplant appeal man Nathan Hancock dies
Author: Anne Waller
Article Id: 9223
Date Added: 14th Nov 2008