Flynn’s Lightning to face Johnson’s Panthers in T20 for bone cancer research
Swinton Moorside, Lancashire Disability Hard Ball and England Physical Disability player Callum Flynn is to host a charity T20 in aid of Bone Cancer Research.
The game, which will include current and ex-professional players is set to take place at Swinton Moorside Cricket Club 6pm Friday 27th of July. Callum was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer on his 14th birthday but was originally misdiagnosed and wants to stop the same happening to others and thinks this match will be a good way to raise bone cancer awareness and continue his fundraising for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
There promises to be a host of talent on show, including current and ex Lancs players as well as numerous current and former overseas professionals from leagues in the North West. Karl Brown is rumoured to be turning out for the Lightning and may be accompanied by additional Lancs support.
Well known West Indian, Ben Johnson will be captaining the ‘away’ team and will be looking to add a Caribbean flavour to the evening with West Indian current and ex-professionals to don the whites.
Now 17, Callum has had a knee replacement, chemotherapy and intensive physio to regain fitness to play for Lancashire and England Physical Disability teams. “Not only is Callum a very talented young cricketer but he’s an inspiration to many youngsters in overcoming adversity to strive for their dreams” said Lol Duffy, Swinton Moorside CC Secretary. Aside from his dedication to his cricket Flynn has already raised substantial money for bone cancer and lobbied at NICE in London for a new drug, called Mepact, for use in the treatment of bone cancer - a big journey for a young lad from Lancashire but he believes it's worth it because of the drug’s proven increased survival rate.
“Callum has done some amazing things to raise awareness and vital funds for Bone Cancer Research and we’re proud to be able to host this match for him to continue his great work” said Duffy. Gates open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start and there will be a party after the game with the club open until late. Entry is only £1 for adults and free for kids, there will be a BBQ, full canteen and bar facilities. During the evening there will be raffles and other fundraising activity with all money raised going to the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
Venue: Swinton Moorside Cricket Club, Moorside Park, Deansway, Swinton, M27 0WH
Date and time: 6pm Friday 27th July 2012 – gates at 5.30pm
Entry: £1 adults, children free