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Blues squad pay brave fan a visit

27 February 2016

Read about Southend United's trip to meet Adam Wright.

Members of the Southend United squad gave a surprise visit to a brave Blues fan this week at the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre in Euston.

Myles Weston and Ryan Leonard were joined by Manager, Phil Brown to meet Adam Wright.

Adam plays football for Benfleet Youths and is a long distance runner, who has completed 5k park runs in under 21 minutes. 

He was a ball boy for the Blues for the match against Wigan Athletic at Roots Hall on the 28th November this season.  It was during this match that he and the family realised there was something wrong as he was having difficulty running round the pitch to and from the stations due to pain in his abdomen.

Adam was taken to A&E that night where he was initially treated for indigestion and reflux.  Within two weeks of his first symptom of abdominal pain, his condition worsened.

Adam was then diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a particularly aggressive form of cancer which requires an equally aggressive treatment plan to fight it.

Treatment is four-six months, mainly hospitalised treatment at UCLH in Euston, London.  Adam is on the Teenage Cancer Trust ward and has just had his second course of treatment and is responding well.

Adam is a massive Blues fan, who has attended many Southend games over the years, including that famous trip down Wembley Way last May.

His Mum, Julia, had just bought Adam Wright a half-season card for Christmas before his diagnosis, but unfortunately due to his condition he has been unable to attend a match.

Adam is a thoroughly positive and determined character which the club wanted to recognise, and thanks to the help of his wonderful family, we were able to play this stoic young man a surprise visit.

Adam, pictured with the players and Manager above, was presented with a ball and programme signed by the whole first team squad, and spent the afternoon playing table tennis and video games with the players and his friends.

Adam also exchanged a story or two with Blues Boss Phil Brown, and talked about Adam’s favourite player, Gary Deegan.

Everyone at Southend United would like to send Adam and his family their best wishes, and hope to see Adam cheering on the Blues again soon!


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