Raheem Sterling will pay for the funeral of Crystal Palace youth player Damary Dawkins who died in March at the age of 13 after suffering acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Sterling supported a campaign to find a suitable stem cell donor for Dawkins but all efforts to save the young lad failed,
Damary did receive a stem cell match a few days before Christmas but he relapsed in February..
”Damary was a special young man who touched a lot of lives, including my own,” Sterling told English media.
”He was ‘an example to us all’ who was ‘positive until the end’
Sterling had paid tribute to Dwkins scoring against Czech Republic in March, Sterling lifted his shirt to reveal a picture of himself and Dawkins of them together.
On this Damary’s father, Tony, said Sterling’s shirt tribute was very, very touching.
”I knew they used to speak because Sterling came down to the hospital,” he said.
”They played pool together and apparently they swapped numbers.
”I remember when Crystal Palace played Manchester City and they lost Damary put on his tracksuit with the Crystal Palace badge and took a picture to send to Raheem. They had banter with each other,he said.
Sterling will attend the funeral on Friday.