Oxford Saints quarterback Ben Denton is kitting up for his first game back THIS SUNDAY, after finishing treatment for leukaemia a short while ago.
The Saints had lost Denton from his regular role in the weeks leading up to their 2015 Division II playoff game, in which they fell to a 50-13 defeat to Sussex Thunder at Brighton Rugby Ground.
Following treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, Ben has returned to Saints training in recent weeks and has now been cleared for contact.
On Sunday 14th August he will be kitting up and on the gameday squad.
Starting quarterback Destin Maulding will now have back up from both rookie Kyle Swann and the returning Ben Denton, which will be a massive morale boost on the Saints sideline.
Ben is also greatly admired for his own charity work, having run several marathons for children with cancer over the past few years.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”Ben Denton, quarterback” link=”” color=”#0000ff ” class=”” size=”13″]”‘It’s a great feeling to be able to put the pads on again and get out on the field with the guys.
I have been looking forward to this for such a long time and the thought of putting the #10 jersey on again has got me through a lot of difficult moments over the last year. However I always knew that I would make it through and be able to play again, I’ve never lost sight of that goal.
The support the team have given me has been incredible and I can’t wait to do what I can to help them get the championship they deserve this year – even if it’s just by wielding a clipboard and keeping them hydrated!
The goal for me now is to get back to fitness and continue to raise awareness and a shed load of cash for Bloodwise – as without them and their research I wouldn’t be here today!”[/perfectpullquote]
Ben has continued to support his teammates strongly during the 2016 reason, regularly attending games and practices.
Ben and the Saints are tremendously grateful for all the support and donations to Bloodwise. From friends, family, colleagues, teammates and many more, nearly £20,000 has been raised for the cause.
To find out more about Ben and Bloodwise, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/displaySomeoneSpecialPage.action?pageUrl=DentonStrong