Sunderland stars pledge support to Manchester City supporter battling rare cancer

From left, Duncan Watmore, Wes Brown and John O'Shea with the t-shirts designed by Callum Ballantine
From left, Duncan Watmore, Wes Brown and John O'Shea with the t-shirts designed by Callum Ballantine
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Sunderland stars are putting footballing rivalries to one side to help support a former work experience student who is battling a rare form of bone cancer.

Callum Ballantine spent time with the Black Cats back in 2013, but in February of this year he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.

Callum Ballatine wearing one of the t-shirts he has designed

Callum Ballatine wearing one of the t-shirts he has designed

The cancer develops in growing bones and is most common in teenagers and young adults.

Ninteen-year-old Manchester City supporter Callum is now aiming to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust by launching a range of bespoke t-shirts which showcase and celebrate the city of Manchester and his Mancunian heritage.

Callum, along with friend Samir Kamani, has been designing the t-shirts while he has been undergoing his treatment at the Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Several Black Cats stars with Manchester connections such as Wes Brown and club captain John O’Shea, both decorated former Manchester United players, have sported the t-shirts and are encouraging fans of all clubs to get behind this very worthwhile cause.

Duncan Watmore with one of the t-shirts designed by Callum Ballantine

Duncan Watmore with one of the t-shirts designed by Callum Ballantine

John said: “The Teenage Cancer Trust is a brilliant charity and the work they do to support young people who are going through such an unimaginably tough time is simply amazing.

“We are privileged to support Callum in his fund-raising endeavours and for him to be thinking of others whilst going through his own personal difficulties shows what a truly remarkable young man he is.”

Black Cats star Duncan Watmore attended the same school as Callum and is also offering his support to the Made From Manchester initiative.

Duncan said: “The Teenage Cancer Trust provides an invaluable service to young people and their families when they need it most.

John O'Shea with one of the t-shirts designed by Callum Ballantine

John O'Shea with one of the t-shirts designed by Callum Ballantine

“By giving our backing to Callum’s brilliant fundraising idea I hope we can help to ensure that as many young people as possible can access the vital services provided by the Trust.”

The special t-shirts are available to order online, priced at £10.

All profits from the sale of the men’s and ladies t-shirts will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

To order one of Callum’s ‘Made From Manchester’ range of t-shirts and support the charity, go to www.madefrommanchester.com.

More information on the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust is at www.teenagecancertrust.org.