A young Evertonian whose family are appealing for help to find him a bone marrow match visited Finch Farm on Friday to meet his heroes.
Seven-year-old Finn McEwen is a massive Blue and names striker Romelu Lukaku as one of his favourite players.
So, the Belgian international and his teammates, including Leighton Baines, Aaron Lennon and James McCarthy, were delighted to meet the youngster and pledge the Club’s support to Finn’s fight.
The players were joined by Everton manager Roberto Martinez and coach Duncan Ferguson, while Club Ambassador Graeme Sharp hosted Finn’s family at the Club’s Halewood training ground, giving them a tour of the first-team facilities.
Finn, from Litherland, has bone marrow failure and is facing a race against time to find a stem cell match.
His condition, myelodysplastic syndrome, is extremely rare in children and cannot be treated with chemotherapy, so a transplant is Finn’s only hope.
Thousands of people have joined the stem cell register already with the charity, Delete Blood Cancer, confirming that over 4,000 people have signed up.
But there is still a need for more registrations to help find a match.
Joe Hallett, Donor Recruitment Manager, said: “Although we have seen a massive rise in people registering as a result of Finn’s appeal, we still need many more to register. Finding a tissue match is very complex and the more people registered, the better chances of a patient finding their lifesaving match.”
Sharp urged people to support Finn’s Fight by registering to see if they are match.
“Registration is really simple, it is not an intrusive process," he said. "Initially it involves logging your details online, receiving a pack in the post, using a swab and brushing the inside of your mouth and sending it back. It really is that simple - and it could ultimately save Finn’s and other people’s lives.”
To join the register and see if you are a match, or for more information, click here