DT38 Awareness Day a success

West Ham United and Spire Roding joined forces with DT38 Foundation to raise awareness for the testicular cancer charity at Saturday's Barclays Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace.

A year after its formation in memory of the late West Ham striker Dylan Tombides, who died following a brave battle against the disease in April 2014, the charity held a special screening and awareness day at the Boleyn Ground.

More than 40 supporters took the opportunity to be screened in a special suite supplied by Spire Roding - West Ham United's Official Private Hospital - while bucket collections around the stadium raised valuable funds for the fight against the disease which took the Australian forward's life at the age of just 20.

Academy players Joe Powell, whose brother Jack played alongside Dylan and Taylor Tombides at the Academy of Football, and George Dobson visited the screening suite and urged men to get themselves checked out if they have any concerns about their health.

Dobson, who played alongside Dylan's younger brother Taylor in the recent Mark Noble Testimonial, said: "From what happened to Dylan, the most important thing you can do is to get yourselves checked out early. There's no need to take a risk. Saturday helped grow awareness and it's essentially saving lives, so it can only be a good thing.

"You could see the joy in Taylor's face and how much it meant to him, and of course it would. It was a great goal, to be fair to him. The whole day would have meant a lot to him."

Powell added: "Dylan will never be forgotten here, 100 per cent. There are banners and shirts here for him and of course he'll always be in our memories."

Dylan's mother Tracy spoke to the 35,000-strong crowd at half-time, while captains Mark Noble and Mile Jedinak - both DT38 ambassadors - and the two teams warmed up in t-shirts in support of the charity.

The Awareness Day came in the same week that the DT38 Foundation was one of three beneficiaries of the Mark Noble Testimonial.

For more information about the charity, its work and how you can get involved, please click here.