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8 January 2020

Young Town fan's inspirational journey

Young Town fan Dan Pountney was suddenly and expectedly diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma and Leukaemia just before Christmas in 2017, at the age of six.

Burkitt's is a fast-growing cancer, therefore Dan's illness was already advanced and widespread. As a result, Dan was immediately admitted as an inpatient at Addenbrooke's Hospital and began an intensive course of chemotherapy. 

During his chemotherapy and treatment, the Club were made aware of Dan and what he was going through at such a young age, which led to Teddy Bishop surprising Dan at his house in March 2018. Teddy and Dan developed a really close bond, which saw Teddy buying Dan the home shirt for his upcoming mascot appearance. 

Dan was mascot for our final home game of the 2017/18 season against Middlesbrough, before leading the teams out as Community Champion against Aston Villa in August 2018.

Dan completed his treatment in May 2018, and continues to be fit and well. 

We're delighted to say that Dan is now a season ticket holder at Town and has joined St John's U9s, which he loves. On Boxing Day, Dan's team took to the Portman Road pitch at half-time to take part in our 'Portman Penalty Prize.' An amazing experience that the boys will cherish forever, they scored eight penalties past our Academy goalkeeper. 

For Dan's dad, Tom it was such a joy watching Dan and his team on Boxing Day because it couldn't have been more different from two years earlier when Dan and his family were at Addenbrooke's and a week on from being given Dan's diagnosis.

Dan is pictured back row, far left, next to the coach in the photo below. 

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