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19 March 2024

Club News


19 March 2024

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Some things are bigger than football. Much bigger.

Whilst we know that as the club that might be difficult to hear, but sometimes life presents us all with earth-shattering moments that provide us with perspective.

One such story that does just that, is the one of young Millers fan Owen Jenkinson, who is currently battling a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Owen is a lifelong Rotherham fan and part of the Jenkinson family who are well-known in the local area and beyond. His brother, Will, was even a Scholar with our Academy recently.

It is through that connection that we learned of this incredible young man.

A young man who has shown bravery and maturity that greatly surpasses his tender years in a battle with this truly terrible disease.

A budding footballer, Owen’s story came to light when he felt a pain in his leg during the final game of a season in which he helped his local junior side AFC Pogmoor to promotion.

Within days, he was given a heartbreaking diagnosis.

Owen set out on a journey consisting of treatments that are unimaginably difficult for a young person, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy and showed such resilience and strength of character that he was back playing football at the back end of the season following that in which he was initially diagnosed.

He was back playing the sport he loved amongst his ‘Poggy’ teammates and in the goals too, helping his side to some memorable wins in both league and cup competitions before further heartache followed.

Tragically, in February 2024 the family learned that Owen’s cancer had returned.

His treatment has since restarted and the football is on hold for now.

In a display of just how highly thought of this young man is by his teammates – but beyond that, his family and all of his friends who have donated – the AFC Pogmoor u16s decided to show solidarity with their mate by shaving their heads to coincide with Owen doing the same.

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Owen’s truly inspiring story of courage and positivity in the face of adversity has served as the starkest of reminders to us as a club that, whilst our job is to try and put smiles on faces by getting points on the pitch, our responsibility to our own off it is equally as significant.

With the blessing of the family, we have been given permission to share Owen’s story and the fundraising page set up by this group of U16 footballers looking out for their mate, in an attempt to raise awareness of this heartbreaking and rare form of cancer.

As you will read on the JustGiving page, Owen’s teammates have started their fundraising effort to raise money for Owen to use for “whatever he wants”.

If you can afford to and would like to donate, we know that any money you can spare would be incredibly gratefully received.

We will continue to remain in contact with the Jenkinson family and offer our support wherever they deem it appropriate as he continues his treatment.

We may be Rotherham United, but we are all #TeamJenko.

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