Michael Owen sets his sights on London Marathon to help the Eye Hospital
are delighted that Michael Owen, Manchester United and England
football star, has agreed to sponsor the Manchester Royal Eye
Hospital Bicentenary "200 for 200" charitable appeal, running the
Virgin Money London Marathon on our behalf. This is fantastic news
for our appeal, and will also increase its national profile.
The former England striker who played for Liverpool, Real
Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City said he
hoped his support would help scientists and doctors develop new
treatments for patients with inherited eye disorders - where
currently there is no available cure.
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,
which runs Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, in partnership with he
University of Manchester is making a major contribution to the
future of genetic medicine through the Manchester Centre for
Professor Chris Lloyd said: "We are absolutely delighted to have
Michael's support for the fundraising being undertaken in this the
200th year of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital through his run in
the London Marathon".
Professor Graeme Black, who heads the Manchester Centre for
Genomic Medicine, added: "Manchester has developed an
integrated clinical and research team that represents one of the
largest clinical paediatric and eye services in Europe helping us
to advance developments in Genomic Medicine.
"We are developing internationally-recognised gene testing
protocols for diagnosis and exploring the development of new
treatments for genetic disorders of the eye and improving
treatments for childhood cataract. We are also improving
participation in world-leading clinical trials.
"We have no doubt that Michael's support will further accelerate
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To support Michael please visit his virgin money fundraising