One of the first patients to benefit from The Christie’s state-of-the art Proton Beam Therapy Centre received a special invite to watch Manchester City take on Burnley following his first round of treatment last week.
15-year-old Mason from West Sussex was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October last year and is currently undergoing a six-week course of Proton Beam Therapy.
This specialist form of radiotherapy, which is only available in a handful of countries around the world, targets cancers very precisely, increasing success rates and reducing side effects.
Having found out that Mason is a massive City fan, the club wanted to invite him and his family for a memorable day at the Etihad.
Starting with VIP spaces on the blue carpet for the team’s arrival, the family were then taken to their very own Platinum Box before Mason was presented with a Manchester City home kit ready for his pitch debut.
Minutes ahead of kick-off, Mason joined his footballing heroes on the pitch to be part of the official team photograph, before being treated as the Blues beat Burnley 5-0.
A spokesperson for The Christie said; “Mason and his family will be spending almost six weeks away from home while he undergoes treatment. It is important that as a family they can enjoy some down-time where they can relax and have fun away from the hospital environment.
“We are so grateful to Manchester City for organising such a fabulous day for Mason and his family.
“The club has always been supportive of the work of The Christie and this is just another example of it stepping in to work in partnership with us to improve a patient’s experience.”
This dream day forms part of the Club’s long-standing relationship with the hospital which last season, saw captain Vincent Kompany and City legends Colin Bell and Mike Summerbee help launch a major improvement in patient services and facilities.
This season, players from Manchester City’s women’s team visited patients at the Teenage Cancer Unit over the festive period and took part in an expressive arts session.
The Christie will be conducting a bucket collection at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 20th April when Manchester City take on Tottenham Hotspur.