The PSA Foundation raised over £4,000 during the recent Allam British Open for 11-year-old squash player Sumner Malik, who has been diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – a rare form of brain tumour.
A combination of raffle ticket sales and donations helped make up the total, with squash fans being rewarded for their generosity by winning some fantastic prizes, such as on-court sessions with Women’s British Open champion Laura Massaro and former World No.1 James Willstrop.
The #Sunshine4Sumner fundraising initiative is the latest charitable activity organised through the support of the PSA Foundation, following on from the Foundation’s ‘ReBound’ initiative, which has helped underprivileged children and adults around the world get active through the sport of squash by channeling used squash gear to squash community programmes around the world.
“We would like to thank all players and spectators for their incredible generosity throughout the tournament,” said PSA Marketing and Foundation Manager Adriana Olaya.
“Sumner’s story has touched the hearts of everyone involved in the squash community and we are delighted that, through the efforts of the PSA Foundation, we have been able to help Sumner and his family at such a difficult time.”
In November 2016 – as part of the #Sunshine4Sumner campaign – the PSA gave Sumner and his family a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Cairo for the PSA Men’s World Championship, where he attended the tournament as a VIP guest and stayed in the same hotel as the players.
The #Sunshine4Sumner campaign is currently aiming to raise £12,000 to help fund monthly life-saving infusions under CED trials on compassionate grounds.
Squash fans that want to help Sumner can do their bit by going to http://www.sunshine4sumner.com/donate
Sumner Malik, from Sussex in England, is a bubbly, optimistic and charismatic child. He is the youngest triplet of a family of eight, and his five siblings and parents are squash players and loyal SQUASHTV followers.
Sumner is still playing and loving squash, with the support of the squash community playing a massive role in helping him and his family stay positive throughout this uncertain time.
There are only 40 cases of DIPG diagnosed a year in the UK and the illness sadly has no confirmed cure and a non-existent survival rate.
However, doctors and hospitals around the world are carrying out pioneering research into ways of treating this disease, with a few offering cutting edge treatments on compassionate grounds.
The treatments come at a high cost though, meaning that Sumner is relying on the generosity of squash fans everywhere as he attempts to battle the disease.