Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome Denver Clinton as our Community Hero for our Sky Bet Championship match against Nottingham Forest.
Denver, aged four, was diagnosed with stage four high-risk neuroblastoma in May, 2018 and has since undergone high doses of chemotherapy and treatment to remove 95% of the tumour. Unfortunately, the family recently received the devastating news that Denver’s tumour is too aggressive and is no longer responding to treatment.
A fundraising group called Denver’s Last Wishes has been created on Facebook, seeing hundreds of people raising money and organising events to help the family make their final memories together.
“The Dereham community have pulled so many events together and have been such a big support, including raising funds for our garden which had a makeover in the summer to create a space for Denver to enjoy and play," said Denver's mum, Wanda.
“Denver was also invited to switch on the Dereham Christmas lights earlier this month and just loved turning them on and being on stage in front of everyone. He must of felt so important that he pushed me of the stage not needing me."
Recently, a party was organised for Denver by the fundraising group which saw him and his family arriving in a limousine and had hundreds of people in attendance including his superheroes, the Power Rangers.
Other events organised throughout December to raise money to help the family share special moments together included a charity football match which was held at Aldiss Park on December 16, a 24-hour karaoke marathon and a Christmas table decorating class.
“It has been very busy at times but Denver has a strong mind of his own and I believe this is what is keeping him battling on,” said Wanda.
“Today’s experience will be a great memory for Denver’s big brothers and the family as we are all so proud of him. I would like to thank Norwich City and everyone who got in touch with the Club who put Denver forward for being a mascot and a community hero, it will be a day that we will never forget.”
Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this afternoon to Denver as he brings out the match ball ahead of our game against Nottingham Forest.
To donate to Denver's Last Wishes, click HERE.
At every Sky Bet Championship home match, Norwich City will invite a deserving community-minded individual(s) to be their ‘Community Hero’ and place the match ball on to a special plinth prior to kick off.
Whether the individual works in the emergency services or the armed forces, is a carer or charity champion, a super fan or a regional sporting hero, the initiative celebrates their contribution to the local community. If there is anyone you think deserves special recognition for their community efforts or personal achievements, please visit the Community Hero page on canaries.co.uk