Date: 16th March 2011 at 6:05pm
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Ex Palace Captain and Legend Geoff Thomas is returning to Selhurst Park for a new campaign to beat blood cancer.

April 2nd will see the return of Thomas as he promotes the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as they launch their ‘Football v Blood Cancer’ campaign, which will raise money to find cures for patients with Luekaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma.

The campaign is one of a number of activities taking place at the club’s Family Day for the visit of Barnsley.

In partnership with ‘The Croydon Advertiser’ to increase awareness of the campaign, two children who are in remission from Leukaemia will lead the teams out as mascots for kick off and Palace’s sponsors GAC have agreed for the day that their logo on the shirts will be replaced with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s to ensure the message reaches as many people as possible via TV coverage.

Red cards are to be placed on the seats prior to the game and it’s hoped fans’ will all hold them up before kick off to turn Selhurst red and drive home the message ‘give blood cancer the red card’.

Geoff will also be giving a talk at halftime about his own leukaemia battle and his determination to help more patients survive the terrible disease.

For those not at the match (and those who may read this from other clubs), if they wish to make a small donation to the charity, they can donate £2 by texting GEOFF to 70099 – standard network rates apply.

Speaking to Crystal Palace FC (also for more details) Thomas said:

‘I’m really looking forward to coming back, the club and the fans have always been absolutely fantastic. During my battle with Leukaemia the bravery of other patients I met inspired me to do as much as I can to make sure others survive – I know I’m very lucky to still be here today.’

Phil Alexander our Chief Exec added:

‘We have worked alongside Geoff throughout many fund raising initiatives as he continues to put tremendous effort into exploring ways of finding cures for these illnesses. The club are delighted to be using our Family Day as a launch for this campaign.’

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