Hanley Town title-winning footballer Adam Wright fighting cancer
A 21-YEAR-OLD amateur footballer has been diagnosed with cancer just weeks after winning three winner's medals.
Adam Wright, who plays for both Hanley Town and Baddeley Green Workingmen's Club, is undergoing a course of treatment after doctors found a tumour behind his nose.
The former Holden Lane High School pupil, of Stockton Brook, was discharged from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire this week after an initial programme of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
It is believed doctors can't remove the tumour through surgery due to its location.
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Adam a self-employed window fitter, began his first spell of treatment just days after being handed medals for his on-pitch achievements.
Now team-mates from Hanley Town and Baddeley Green Workingmen's Club are organising a fund-raiser to help the stricken defender.
Joel Stair, aged 20, of Baddeley Green, who plays for both clubs, said: "He kept it to himself that he thought there was something wrong but then he gathered us all together at the Travellers Rest in Milton and told us."
Despite knowing of his impending treatment, Adam attended awards nights for both Hanley and Baddeley Green.
He had starred in Town's second team which won the Staffordshire County Senior League Division One title.
Adam made it a hat-trick of achievements by winning both the Potteries and District Sunday League (PDSL) Premier Division and the PDSL Cup with Baddeley Green.
Fellow former Holden Lane pupil Joel, who works as an electrician, added: "While he has been in hospital we have stayed in touch with him.
"He's a brave character and he's very strong – we know he's going to come through this."
The planned fund-raiser will take place on Sunday, July 1 at Bagnall Cricket Club (2pm).
Players from Hanley's first and second teams will take to the field during the day.
Barman Ryan Smith, aged 20, of Baddeley Green, who plays as a striker for both Hanley and Baddeley Green, said: "When Adam told us it came as a big shock We didn't really know what to do, so decided to put on a fund-raiser for him. It was nice he was able to come to the award ceremonies."
Josh Hall, aged 20, of Milton, a BT worker, who plays for the two clubs, said: "We went to watch the England and Sweden game with him in hospital. All we can do is give him as much support as we can."