The Oxford Saints were saddened to learn that starting quarterback #10 Ben Denton was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) last week, a matter of days before our playoff contest against the Sussex Thunder.
After switching from defensive back to quarter back, Ben immediately received the full support of the team and everyone was impressed by how quickly he took command and developed his skill set.
The club are proud with his achievements in his debut year under centre and wish him all the best on his road to recovery.
If you would like to show support to Ben, his family and all those affected by Leukaemia, you can donate to Ben’s fundraising page where all contributions will go to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/DentonStrong to learn more and make a donation if you can.
Ben has kept himself fit over the years, going to the gym on a daily basis. He has also previously run the London Marathon three times and the Paris Marathon once in the last four years to raise money for cancer charity, Children with Cancer.
We are arranging a Saints head shave and ideas of further fund raising initiatives are being discussed. All fund raising initiatives will be linked and all donations go to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. You can learn more about the excellent work they do on the website https://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/
See some clips of Ben #10 in action during his first year at QB below:
Around 6,000 people a year are diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, and symptoms can include fever, night sweats and high heart rate, signs of recurrent infection, increased tendency to bleed and signs indicative of anaemia.
If you have any of these symptoms then it is important to have a blood test to rule out anything more sinister than the suspected cold.