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Leicester City icon Gary Lineker has proudly announced his new role as a Patron of Cure Leukaemia. Founded in 2003 by Professor Charlie Craddock CBE alongside patients Graham Silk and Michael Woolley, Cure Leukaemia was initially set up to provide access to pioneering blood cancer treatments for patients in the West Midlands.

The charity's reach has since expanded nationwide, reports Football London. Cure Leukaemia is now instrumental in offering potentially life-saving treatments across the UK and supports the national Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP).

This network encompasses 15 hospital centres and serves a catchment area of over 20 million patients, ensuring access to treatments not available through standard care. In a heartfelt video shared by Cure Leukaemia on social media, Lineker, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona as well as City, expressed the personal significance of the cause, due to his son's battle with leukaemia as an infant.

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Addressing the Salesforce World Tour in London via video, Lineker said: "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 motivation for joining the charity: "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. 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."