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The Rob George Foundation
The Rob George Foundation – About Us
The Rob George Foundation has been set up in loving memory of Rob George, who died aged 21 on 9th December 2013 following a long battle with leukemia.
The Rob George Foundation has two distinct objectives. These are:
1) To provide practical and/or financial support to young people with life threatening or terminal illnesses.
2) To provide financial support to young people who demonstrate exceptional commitment and/or ability in the worlds of sport or the performing arts but may be held back by their financial situation from pursuing their goals.
Rob, who was studying geography and management, had just completed his first year at Loughborough University when he was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in June 2011. He spent several months in and out of Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, and full remission was achieved, enabling Rob to return to Loughborough in October 2012. He completed a second very successful year of study, but learned exactly two years after his initial diagnosis that the leukemia had returned. Further chemotherapy followed, and Rob was due to have a stem cell transplant, but the disease returned once more before the treatment could begin, and nothing more could be done for him.
Rob coped with the challenge of facing the end of his life as he did the leukemia – with calmness and bravery. He never complained and acted throughout with impeccable dignity, caring not for himself but for his family and friends. The way he handled himself in times of adversity was a testament to his character and an example to us all.
Rob was a talented sportsman. He particularly excelled at cricket, and had just broken in to the Colchester & East Essex lst Xl at the time of his last illness. He was due to be Chairman of the Loughborough University Students Cricket Club, and had just been elected a full playing member of the MCC. Rob was also an active member of the Colchester Golf Club, where he played off a handicap of five, and had also represented Colchester Rugby Club and Colchester Hockey Club.
Rob’s family has a strong interest in the performing arts, as well as in sport, and the objects of the Foundation are designed to mirror both these interests. Applications will be welcome from young people who demonstrate exceptional commitment and/or ability in the worlds of sport or the performing arts but may be held back by their financial situation from pursuing their goals.
Rob was a student throughout the period of his illness, and had no tangible income of his own. He found the process of seeking financial support completely frustrating and demoralising, and there is no doubt but that he would have encountered grave financial difficulty had he not had the support of a loving family, who had the time and expertise to battle with the system. The Foundation hopes to be able to assist other young people with life threatening or terminal illnesses who find themselves in similar difficulty to Rob, and applications for practical as well as financial assistance will be considered.