Harry Kane has sent a special message to a toddler fighting a rare brain tumour ahead of the England’s Euro 2020 final tonight.
Mr Kane, 27, sent a video to two-year-old Harry Crick on Saturday wishing him the best as he fights an embryonal tumour with multi-layered rosettes (ETMR). He also said hello to Harry Crick’s brother, Olly, aged 10.
Mr Kane said: “Hi Olly, how you doing, mate? I hear your brother’s going through a tough time, Harry.
“So, I just wanted to wish you all the best and wish your brother all the best. Not just from me but from all the England team and staff as well.
“Hopefully we can put a smile on your face tomorrow night but I just wanted to send my best wishes. All the best guys.”
ETMR is classified as grade four, meaning it is very aggressive, with a prognosis of just 12 months.
Harry Crick was diagnosed with the rare brain cancer on December 17 after he was unwell with a cold and unsteady on his feet.
He had a tennis ball-sized tumour removed on Christmas Eve at Addenbooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
The operation was followed by five rounds of chemotherapy.
On June 3 Harry had a craniotomy at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool after scans revealed the tumour was growing back.
He is now receiving proton beam therapy to tackle the remaining cells of his tumour in Essen, Germany, as there are delays at The Christie in Manchester. His treatment is covered by the NHS.
Harry’s dad Matt, 32, and mum Nelly, 30, are with him as is his older brother James. But sadly Olly and his other brother Finely, nine, have had to stay in the UK.
Father Matt, a yard stableman, said the video message from Kane was a “fantastic boost”.
“It’s incredible that the man of the moment took time out of his day to do this, the day before the biggest football game of his career to date,” he said.
“It’s cheered us all up. We’re so grateful and will be cheering him on tonight when he leads the team out to face Italy.”
He added: “Our little Harry really is a hero and we’re in awe of the strength and resilience he has shown through this terrible ordeal.”
Matt’s sister Hayley has set up a GoFundMe page and is asking for donations to cover the costs of moving to Germany for two months.
The family has also raised £2,270 for Brain Tumour Research and they post regular updates about Harry on their Facebook page, ‘Our Harry, Our Hero’.
Matt thanked donators for their support.
He said: “We are humbled and overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity we’ve been shown. Together, we can beat this and find a cure.”
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, but historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to the devastating disease.
Hugh Adams, of Brain Tumour Research, said: “It was really wonderful to see that Harry Kane has sent a message of support to little Harry and his family, on this most important of footballing weekends.
“We send our best wishes and support to the England team and thank the captain for helping to shine a light on this cruel disease.”
He added: “Harry’s story reminds us that brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone, at any age.
“By creating awareness of the horrifying statistics, by funding research at our Centres of Excellence and through our lobbying of the Government and the larger cancer charities to increase the national spend, we are determined to change the situation.”