MK DONS TEAM UP WITH THE MARCUS RUTHERFORD FOUNDATION
IN AID OF THE MARCUS RUTHERFORD FOUNDATION / YOUNG ADULT CANCER TRUST.
As a title sponsor of MK Dons for the second season, Suzuki GB PLC is delighted to have worked with the team to help promote its T-shirt design produced in aid of the Marcus Rutherford Foundation / Young Adult Cancer Trust. Marcus lost his battle with Leukaemia in 2012 at the age of just 22.
On a recent match day at their home stadiummk, and in front of over 15,000 supporters, the team, who are of course all young adults themselves, showed their support by warming up before the game in the Marcus T-Shirt before donating them to some avid fans sitting on the front row.
The T Shirt was designed by a fan who won a competition set up by Suzuki; it was then put into production with 10 per cent of the proceeds going to the Foundation. Printed on one sleeve, the shirt proudly incorporates a personal stamp designed by Marcus which is also a trademark for the Foundation.
The Marcus Rutherford Foundation exists to research the causes of cancer in young adults and provide those undergoing cancer treatments at University College London Hospital and other institutions. It offers advice and support, access to technology, internet, DVDs and other facilities that may not otherwise be available.
Michael Rutherford, trustee of the Foundation comments: “Change is long overdue. More health checks, testing and screening is needed in schools, colleges and universities. Thousands of wholly-innocent young adults are being diagnosed with cancer every year. Tragically, the diagnosis can come far too late and we are doing all we can to help. We really appreciate the support from the MK Dons and the public who have bought Marcus’s shirt so far – it does make a difference as it helps us get financial and other help to young adult cancer patients in need.”
Over the last three and a half years, Marcus’s foundation it has directly handed tens of thousands of pounds in grants and equipment to patients on cancer wards and bone marrow transplant units. Now, it is determined to raise awareness, offer more advice, and carry out additional research into the causes of young adult cancer. An important further development was the donation of its ‘Battle Bus’ which has been specially converted and can be seen at many events around the UK including the recent Reading Festival.
The battle bus is equipped to the highest NHS standards and therefore has the potential to serve as a clinic capable of carrying out everything from annual health checks to blood testing. Its professional, multi-purpose vehicle status also means that it’s superbly equipped to transport emergency supplies of blood and blood products.
The Marcus Rutherford t-shirt is available in sizes S-XXL priced at £28.00 and can be purchased at any Suzuki dealer, via the Suzuki website and also on ebay via the links below.