Becks Meets Shropshire Cancer Sufferer

David Beckham made a cancer patient's dream come true when he paid a surprise visit to meet the youngster.

Lloyd Burton, 11, from Shrewsbury, met the star while filming Stand Up To Cancer, the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

The Manchester United fan had his own budding football career cut short when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour (medulloblastoma) in May last year.

Before his diagnosis, he had been scouted by Manchester United, Aston Villa, Port Vale and Shrewsbury for their junior teams. But following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Lloyd now uses a wheelchair.

Lloyd said: ``I had no idea that I was going to meet David Beckham, it was such a brilliant surprise.

``He was really nice and we chatted lots. He told me a bit about his family and other normal stuff and we talked about football quite a lot too. I love football and Beckham is one of my favourite players so I'll always remember that day.''

Lloyd's mother, Di, said: ``It was such a joy to see Lloyd when he met David - he couldn't believe his eyes, he was so excited and for a few minutes he was speechless.

``David chatted and really put Lloyd at ease, he was totally thrilled by the whole experience.

``Lloyd has been so brave and we're really proud of him. Sharing his story as part of Stand Up To Cancer is incredibly important to our whole family. If our experience can encourage and inspire others to support the vital research that this campaign funds, then something positive will have come out of it.''

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