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Brave Martin gets backing from the Blades

3 April 2015

United acknowledged a brave Blade who has a special date coming up later this month.

Martin White will be taking part in the new-look Plusnet Yorkshire Half-Marathon in Sheffield to support Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Never an easy challenge at the best of times but for Martin, 12th April race day is a Sunday he cannot wait for.

Having being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the age of 17 and undergoing surgery followed by Radiotherapy treatment at Weston Park Hospital, Martin was hopeful his cancer journey was behind him. But 25 years later in September 2013, he thought his luck had run out.

He found a small lump and was back at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield where he was given the unexpected diagnosis of breast cancer which had spread to his lymph nodes. Breast Cancer is extremely rare in men. Only 350 men are diagnosed each year in the UK.

Martin, a season ticket holder on the Kop with his brother Antony, other family members and friends, underwent chemotherapy and major surgery, at Weston Park Hospital before being told his treatment had once again been successful.

To say thank you to Weston Park Hospital for the wonderful standard of care he received during both cancer battles, Martin is taking on the Half Marathon alongside his Oncologist, Dr Matt Winter, to raise money for the hospital's dedicated charity, one of the Blades charity partners.

After Martin was introduced to fellow Blades at Saturday's game against Crewe, United co-owner Kevin McCabe said: "We are delighted to be helping profile Martin's fantastic efforts to help the people who have helped him."

To sponsor Martin's run visit his JustGiving page at

To sign up for The Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon and run for TeamWestonPark visit

* Nicola Broad, Sheffield United vice-president Martin Ross, Martin White, Sheffield United co-owner Kevin McCabe, Sam Hoche, and Antony White

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