In an amazing gesture that is going to touch many hearts England and Manchester City star footballer Raheem Sterling is going to pay for the funeral of former Crystal Palace youth player Damary Dawkins who he says was an ‘example to us all’.
Raheem Sterling quoted in media said, “Damary was a special young man who touched a lot of lives, including my own. Positive until the end, he was an example to us all,”,
Sterling will attend the funeral on Friday. Sterling paid tribute to Damary by lifting his England shirt to reveal a picture of the two of them together following his second goal in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic in their Euro 2020 qualifier in March.
Dawkins died aged 13 of leukaemia in March — Sterling had supported a campaign to find a suitable stem cell donor for him.
According to an appeal page, Dawkins did receive a stem cell match a few days before Christmas but he relapsed in February. His family had set up a GoFundMe page to raise £15,000 ($19,400) to give Dawkins the “best send off and celebration of life” — but Sterling has assumed all the costs himself.