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Stilian Petrov to launch foundation for leukaemia sufferers

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Former Aston Villa and Celtic midfielder Stiliyan Petrov has announced plans to launch a charity with the intention of helping those diagnosed with leukaemia and their families.

The former captain of the Bulgarian national team has himself has had to retire from the game earlier this year having been diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2012.

However, in August the same year, it was announced that Petrov's leukaemia was in remission and since then has been the source of several charitable activities, perhaps the most notable being two Villa masseurs with former England international Geoff Thomas cycling together to raise £250,000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. 

The trio cycled from Celtic Park to Villa Park, with the former being announced to host a friendly fixture between a 'Stiliyan XI' and a Celtic XI on Sunday, September 8. 

'Stan', as he is known told Sky Sports, that he hopes that the match will be a sell-out.

"I have been given a great opportunity from Celtic to start my foundation with a game here at Parkhead," he said.

"Obviously all the money will be split between two or three different charities and I hope we will raise enough money to start the foundation and to make a difference right from the start.

"I also hope that it will be a full Celtic Park for the game, just as it has always been."

Petrov has remained a popular figure at the Glasgow outfit where the friendly will be played, having spent seven years for the Bhoys, scoring 55 goals in 228 SPL appearances, before following former Celtic boss Martin O'Neill down south to Aston Villa.

In addition to the scheduled friendly fixture, members of the Celtic staff have volunteered to skydive at 10,000 feet along with seven fans on August 25 in order to raise more funds to kick start the Bulgarian's charity.

 

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