ABOUT THE

STILIYAN PETROV FOUNDATION

The Stiliyan Petrov Foundation was established in September 2013.

Its aim is to help address the issues involved when people are diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

 

“Since being diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2012, I have come to understand and appreciate the way in which this disease impacts the lives of so many people,” explained Stiliyan Petrov, who was captain of Aston Villa when illness intervened."

 

“I can help and I want to help and, in setting up a foundation to help address the issues involved when people are diagnosed with this illness, I hope to make a difference."

 

“This will be my new challenge, one I will face with all the enthusiasm, energy and drive with which I have faced every single challenge in my life.”

 

Around 7,600 people in the UK are diagnosed each year with leukaemia and about 2,300 people with acute leukaemia. Villa’s combative captain had played a gruelling 90-minute game at Arsenal’s Emirate Stadium, after which he confided to the club’s medical team that he felt unwell and this culminated in the devastating news that he had acute leukaemia and treatment would be required urgently.

 

“At Celtic Football Club and at Aston Villa Football Club I was privileged to live a life competing at a high level, playing the game I love, supported by the most passionate fans,” Petrov recalled."

 

“Then something crazy happened, something I thought was just a cold but turned out to be something more serious, something life-changing."

 

“I played 90 minutes for Villa against Arsenal at The Emirates and I felt fatigued, not myself at all. But I thought it was nothing serious. The diagnosis by Dr Richard Lovell was a complete shock."

 

“Fortunately, I was able to make decisions very quickly and I started my treatment quickly. I needed to. My leukaemia is now in remission and I have finished my high-intensity treatment. From now on I’ll be on the softer treatment, which is two years on tablets. I feel lucky. Not everyone is as lucky as I have been."

 

“For this I need to thank Professor David Linch at University College London Hospital, his PA Teresa Macdonald and all of the nurses and staff at that wonderful institution. Thank you also to Professor Charlie Craddock, Sandeep Nagra and all of the nurses who have looked after me at University Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

“For the life I’ve lived in football, I will always be incredibly grateful. For the opportunity this crazy thing that happened in my life has given me, I also feel grateful in a strange kind of way. This crazy thing, somehow, has touched people and I want to try to channel this in a positive way. This will be the greatest challenge of my life."

 

“The Stiliyan Petrov Foundation is something I am totally committed to. I want to make a difference and I know I can because I have gone through the pain, the heartache, the feeling of the big unknown."

 

“It was my great fortune to have great people around me and, most of all, a fantastic family. They have been powerful pillars of support when I have needed them most over the past year, my wife, Paulina, and my sons, Kristiyan and Stiliyan, whom I love very much. Also my mum and dad, my brother and Paulina’s mum and the people who have been closest to me throughout the worst of times."

 

“Each and every day I thank God for giving me the opportunity to still be with my family and I know how vital the family is to anyone who will go through the same ordeal I did."

 

“That’s why I want to be able to help the families of victims also. Through the Foundation, we want to be able to provide a support infrastructure, a way that will help families to be near to their loved ones while they undergo the treatment."

 

“The Stiliyan Petrov Foundation will strive to provide the necessary support and help and this is my commitment."

 

“There is a deep joy in my heart because of what I was able to do in the game of football and the many great people I was able to meet. I felt privileged, I still do and I always will."

 

“I feel privileged now, too, that I can help the families and victims of leukaemia and other cancers. Together with your support, we will help many people to overcome. This is our mission.”

image of stylian petrov and kids
image of stylian petrov and kids
Our Mission, Our Challenge

Currently leukaemia and cancer is generally treated with very aggressive and invasive procedures, frequently requiring stem cell transplants, a vast array of medicated drugs and chemotherapy.

 

Chemotherapy itself can be as destructive to the individual as it is to the tumour, destroying healthy cells along with the mutated ones. The Stiliyan Petrov Foundation (SPF) are working on research that will change all that.

 

Our research will enable the human body to attack the illness from within, providing the individual with a greatly enhanced immune system for a more affable treatment process.

Approximately 7,600 people in the UK are diagnosed with leukaemia each year, and about 2,300 people with acute leukaemia.

 

In Great Britain, there are approximately 460 new cases of leukaemia being diagnosed in children every year.

So, where does the money we raise go?

“I feel privileged now, too, that I can help the families and victims of leukaemia and other cancers. Together with your support, we will help many people to overcome. This is our mission.”

Stiliyan Petrov

We are supporting University College London Hospital with University Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to develop a cure for Leukaemia.

 

The illness doesn’t just affect the individual but it also affects those who are closest to them; their families and friends. We also seek to support families with accommodation; which is particularly important for parents so they can care for their child emotionally without the burden of long distance travel and inappropriate living conditions.

 

The research we’re funding will assist with:

 

Get involved – See how you can make a difference

“The Stiliyan Petrov Foundation will strive to provide the necessary support and help and this is my commitment."

Stiliyan Petrov

This is a challenge that we all face together and we need your help to build awareness and understanding, raise funds to develop our research and help support families whose lives are shattered by the illness.

We can find a cure to save lives.

 

Join us on social media to discover more about our efforts, share stories, see how you can get involved and keep up with all our developments.

“This will be my new challenge, one I will face with all the enthusiasm, energy and drive with which I have faced every single challenge in my life”

Stiliyan Petrov

The Stiliyan Petrov Foundation is a registered charity number 1154131.

Registered office: 4 Winckley Square, Preston, United Kingdom, PR1 3JJ.