Ex-Werderaner Thy helps cancer patients
Lennart Thy scores every weekend in the Dutch Eredivisie. But now he is voluntarily pausing for an honourable reason.
Lennart Thy, striker in the service of Dutch first division club VVV Venlo, is missing from his club’s fixture next Saturday against PSV Eindhoven. The reason for this is extraordinary, however, as the ex-Bremer becomes a lifesaver.
At the beginning of his professional career, the 26-year-old, who Werder Bremen had lent to Venlo until the end of the season, had typified himself and registered as a potential stem cell donor.
Seven years later, there is now a match with the DNA values of a leukaemia patient.
Thy did not hesitate for long and immediately decided to donate blood, which will serve as the basis for a future stem cell therapy for the diseased patient.
A similarity between the values of a possible donor and a patient is extremely rare, but therapy can greatly increase the chances of recovery.
And so the club of the German also promised his players full support and released him from training for the current week. After the end of his treatment, Thy will return to training in Venlo next week.