Football is a sport that is often fuelled with hatred and sometimes the rivalry between clubs can escalate out of proportion and destroy friendships, create enmity and rip apart households. Many derbies have brought about a fair share of hatred and an abundance of fights but despite all of it, we have managed to hold on to one thing, just about. That is our hearts.
Our sport is so passionately contested and it is no wonder all these rivalries begin. But when the fans leave the stadium and the players walk off the pitch, we are all humans. This article is about a special little girl who needs our help, no matter who you support.
Stacey Mowle was born on 23rd November 2005 and is daughter to Warren & Samantha. Stacey is a huge Tottenham Hotspur fan and has visited White Hart Lane and Spurs Lodge as well as being fortunate enough to meet the players at Spurs.
But behind all this, Stacey has a condition that needs urgent attention. When Stacey was just four years old, she began to feel ill and was quickly taken to the GP. Upon referral to a hospital, the Mowle family were to hear the worst news imaginable. Young Stacey had Cancer and she had the worst cancer anybody could have, Neuroblastoma, at it’s final stage. Quoting her parents, “We were devastated. Our whole world fell apart.”
Here was a seemingly average four year old, loving life and now she was diagnosed with the most severe form of cancer.
However, just before Christmas in 2011, the family received fantastic news. Stacey’s cancer had reached remission and had gone. The family knew that chances of relapse were high so continued raising money for them to cope should the cancer return. Their choice was a wise one as just over a year later, the Mowle family were hit with the news the Stacey’s cancer had indeed returned and this time, even more aggressively.
The family quickly began researching for charities that were involved with cancer patients and particularly Neuroblastoma. The family found a charity called Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN) and realised they would have to begin fundraising for Stacey immediately. The family gave Stacey the best Christmas possible and watched her glowing face on Christmas Day but knew that there was a tough road ahead. The family need £500,000 to afford the treatment in the USA and they need our help. So far, by using social networking such as Twitter and Facebook, the family have managed to raise nearly £110,000 but that is nowhere near enough. We need everybody to chip in and help this young girl. It does not matter if you support Arsenal or Aldershot, Birmingham or Barcelona, Swansea or Sampdoria or even if you do not like football, your contribution is vital to this young girl and her family. Every pound is appreciated. She needs our help and we can help her to overcome this cruel disease. Use #SavingStacey when tweeting about her and sharing either this piece or any other information related to Stacey. This will raise awareness and encourage others to donate. I have included some websites below, which will provide you with information on the charity, the condition and how you can help. Please donate generously and do not hold back. Thank you.
http://www.justgiving.com/StaceyMowleAppeal – Here is where you can sponsor Stacey.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroblastoma – An insight into the seriousness of Neuroblastoma and all information regarding this terrible form of cancer.
http://www.familiesagainstneuroblastoma.org – The site of the charity – FAN – helping families with sufferers of Neuroblastoma.
http://thestaceymowleappeal.co.uk – Where you can find everything you need to know about Stacey, her condition and how you can help. Also offers alternative methods of payment.
http://spurstalk.co.uk/saving-stacey-campaign – An article about how one man, coincidentally named Stacey, did his bit to help the Stacey Mowle Appeal.