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Teenage Cancer Trust

Chris Robshaw is delighted to work closely with the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Teenage Cancer Trust's vision is a future where young people's lives don't stop because they have cancer. They make sure these teenagers are treated as young people first and cancer patients second. Everything they do aims to improve their quality of life and chances of survival. Around seven people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word 'cancer'. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only charity dedicated to making this happen. The Teenage Cancer Trust educates young people about cancer and works with health professionals to develop the teen's knowledge as to improve the speed and quality of diagnosis. They lead the world in the care of young people with cancer.

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International Football Legend David Beckham has Supported UNICEF Since 2005

Beckham has been a Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on UNICEF's sport of development work for children all the way back to his playing days with Manchester United. For years, he's been a loyal patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. More recently, he has provided great support for the current Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign. Beckham is a founding member on the Leadership Council for the charity Malaria No More, a nonprofit organization targeting the eradication of malaria in Africa. Since joining Major League Soccer, Beckham has been a very public advocate in the US for related charities such as "MLS W.O.R.K.S." When this iconic global celebrity signed with the French club, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), his salary of £150,000 a week (£3.3 million for the season) contract was all donated to children's charity. Knowing how passionate about helping children her husband is, it was Victoria who came up with the idea. When she presented it to him, he agreed immediately and thought it was brilliant. He also declined to take fees from the sales of replica #32 Beckham shirts, as all the profits went to PSG. During Beckham's five years at his former US club LA Galaxy, he took 50 percent of income from shirt sales, with the remaining going to charity. Not averse to poking fun at himself for charity, this football star recently sold an idea for a comedy sketch to a couple of TV idols of his, David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, from the popular BBC series Only Fools and Horses, with his acting and appearance compensation being sent to Sport Relief. In January 2016, Beckham was honored with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award at the UNICEF Ball for his work with his charity, Seven, along with the other work he does for children worldwide.



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Dan Marino Foundation

The Dan Marino Foundation is dedicated to the effort of assisting high school graduates with autism and other developmental disabilities to obtain college-level skills and internships to secure work. This is primarily accomplished through a new jobs-development program and the Dan Marino Campus that's being developed and will be opening shortly. Dan's and his wife, Claire's, mission for this foundation was created after the birth of the Marino's autistic son, Michael. As the Marino's looked more into this issue, the more they realized how much of a serious problem there is and just how many lives and families autism affects, and their needing to get behind the efforts to make a positive difference. One area they researched was Broward County, an area close to where the Marino's live. Studies showed an urgent need for proper training as nearly half of the intellectually-disabled students in Broward that complete high school were either not employed nor attending post-secondary classes a year after they finish high school. The MCH Dan Marino Outpatient Center is a center for the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children with autism and other special needs. The Center was developed as a partnership between the Dan Marino Foundation and Miami Children's Hospital. Since the center's inception in 1998, it has grown rapidly and is now providing neurological and developmental services to children both nationally and internationally. Recent additions include a state-of-the art sensory gym, adaptive aquatics center, orthotics division and an urgent care center. More than 25,000 children are seen at the Center each year equating to approximately 60,000 patient visits annually. The Dan Marino Outpatient Center also coordinates community outreach projects that include the services of specialized medical and allied healthcare professionals, educational organizations, volunteer programs, and parent support organizations. The Dan Marino Foundation has teamed up with five South Florida autism agencies to create the Annual Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism event.



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"Every child has the right to grow up healthy, especially handicapped children." Leo Messi

Messi first realized the special influence he has as a celebrity and sports star after a visit to a hospital. To these sick children, the presence of a known player can be very encouraging and Messi understood that. They are most eager to keep fighting and they believe they will outgrow the disease and pursue their dreams, when a well-known player such as Messi is there. It's a special kind of joy for them. Messi reached his dream of becoming a soccer, or football player depending on where you're from, with a lot of hard work, and he has to continue working hard to keep his dream. The Leo Messi Foundation was created because Messi wants to use his efforts in success to help children who need it most. "I get excited every day when a child smiles when he thinks that there is hope, when I see him happy," Messi states. "I will keep fighting to bring joy to children with the same force and intensity that I need to remain a football player." As an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, for over seven years, the Leo Messi Foundation has supported UNICEF's work for children in countries including Haiti and Nepal, among others. In 2017, as a result of a donation to UNICEF from Messi's foundation, 20 prefabricated classrooms have been established in Syria. This has allowed for more than 1,600 children to attend schools with adequately furnished classrooms. This also included equipping solar panels in order to provide the best environment for learning in this war torn part of the world. As a direct result of the conflict, more than 60% of the children attending these schools have been displaced from their homes. (Credit: Marca.com)