Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Sir Bobby launches cancer charity

Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson is launching a charitable foundation to help in the fight against cancer.

Sir Bobby, 75, who is battling the disease for the fifth time after first being diagnosed in 1991, aims to raise £500,000 for the new charity. The cash will fund the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trial and Research Centre, being built at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital. The centre will focus on early detection and treatment and clinical trials of new drugs. It will boast dedicated research facilities, including a 12-bed unit with treatment rooms, a laboratory and consulting suites. Last year doctors discovered the former Newcastle United manager, who lives in County Durham, had small cancerous nodules in his lungs. He has battled the disease on and off for the past 15 years, having undergone cancer surgery four times.

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