Peterborough United star auctions off signed promotion-winning shirt in aid of friend’s cancer treatment
Posh star Sammie Szmodics is auctioning off a shirt signed by the promotion-winning squad in aid of his friend’s cancer treatment.
The forward, who helped Posh gain promotion into the Championship with 15 league goals, is offering up an away shirt from Sunday’s final game of the season against Doncaster signed by the whole squad.
All funds raised from the sale of the one of a kind piece of memorabilia will be donated to the fund set up to support his good friend and fellow footballer Spencer McCall
McCall, who last played for Hemel Hempstead in the National League South, was diagnosed with but managed to beat a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2019.
In February 2020, however, he was given the devastating news that the cancer had returned but this time it had spread from his leg to his lungs, where there were multiple tumours in both.
Since October, he has been receiving treatment in Tijuana, Mexico and has seen some positive results. In an update posted on May 2, he said: “Last week I underwent a scan that revealed the number of tumours in my lungs had decreased again, this time by 60% since my last scan in February!
“Over half of the tumours that I had at my last scan have now completely disappeared and all remaining tumours are significantly smaller and continue to show signs of necrosis. A handful of these remaining tumours barely lit up on the PET scan at all meaning that the majority of these tumours are ‘dead’ or in the process of ‘dying off’.
“The results that I have managed to achieve since arriving in Mexico in October feel like a miracle! Due to the results more treatment options have now become available.
“I’ve had numerous positive meetings with doctors to discuss additional treatments that I can now add to my protocol going forward to boost my chance of reaching my goal of having no evidence of disease.” The treatment remains costly though and that is why Szmodics is making his donation.
He is accepting bids via his Twitter account (@SamSzmodics) either via direct message or as a reply to the following tweet: twitter.com/SamSzmodics/status/1391696671168503814.
The deadline to submit bids is 3pm on Friday (May 14).