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Former Eveton ace Gary Lineker has shared his pride in becoming a Patron of Cure Leukaemia, the charity founded in 2003 by Professor Charlie Craddock CBE, alongside patients Graham Silk and Michael Woolley. The charity initially aimed to provide access to revolutionary blood cancer treatments for patients in the West Midlands but has since expanded its reach across the UK.

Cure Leukaemia now not only offers potential life-saving treatment nationwide but also supports the national Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP), which includes a network of 15 hospital centres across the country, serving over 20 million patients with treatments not available through standard care, reports Football London. In a heartfelt video message shared by Cure Leukaemia on social media, Lineker, who is deeply connected to the cause due to his son's battle with leukaemia as an infant, expressed his regret at not being able to attend the Salesforce World Tour in London.

Ex-Toffee Lineker stated: "Hi everyone at the Salesforce World Tour in London, sorry I can't be with you today but thank you for choosing Cure Leukaemia as your partner charity at such an amazing event." He continued, detailing his personal connection to the charity and its significance: "I'm incredibly proud to become a Patron of Cure Leukaemia alongside my former teammate and leukaemia survivor Geoff Thomas who is with you today and there are two reasons why.

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"Firstly, my son contracted leukaemia when he was a tiny baby and to be perfectly honest, if there weren't people raising money for research he wouldn't be with us today." "That has really motivated me into wanting to help out too. Secondly, Cure Leukaemia are trailblazers in this fight against this horrible disease via the funding of the globally-significant Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP). They have exciting plans to fund the equivalent programme for children."

"So, does your company want to be a trailblazer like Cure Leukaemia and Salesforce, if the answer is yes, you'll be helping to save the lives of blood cancer patients across the world today. Have a fantastic day and thank you so much."