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English football legend Sir Bobby Robson has died, leaving behind a legacy of campaigning in the fight against cancer.

Sir Bobby passed away just five days after the Bobby Robson Trophy match held last weekend to honor the former England and Newcastle United manager and raise money for his Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. The match saw a replay of Sir Bobby’s most famous match – the England vs Germany 1990 FIFA World Cup match, featuring original players, such as Alan Shearer.

Robson had been diagnosed with cancer 5 times in the last 15 years. His Foundation focuses on early detection and treatment of cancer and the clinical trials of new drugs that will eventually beat it.

“Every day is a new day and the support of my good friends, family and all the very many well-wishers and supporters of my charity keeps me positive,” Sir Bobby had said about his battle. “The support for my charity has been phenomenal and I have to say I’ve been very touched by it. It’s not always easy but through this charity I’ve met some wonderful people, some very faithful people, and as long as the commitment and belief is there I’ll continue to help for as long as I can.”

He created the Foundation not only to provide early cancer detection and treatments, but also to provide clinical trials of new drugs at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in the Freeman Hospital in the UK. Established in 2008, the initial goal of the Foundation was to raise £500,000 to fund equipment for a cancer research centre being built in the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, but soon grew to encompass much more.

To make a donation to Sir Bobby’s Foundation, click here.

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