PLAYERS from both Manchester City and Arsenal wore warm up shirts with ‘Beattie’ on the back ahead of their match today.
The classy gesture is a show of support for Gunners defender Jen Beattie, who opened up about her shattering breast cancer diagnosis on Saturday.
Jen Beattie was diagnosed with breast cancer in October Credit: PA:Press Association
Beattie’s Gunners teammates have been there for her throughout her shock diagnosisCredit: PA:Press Association
Manchester City also aces wore ‘Beattie’ on the back of their warm up shirts in a show of supportCredit: PA:Press Association
Arsenal Women wrote on their Twitter account: “Players from both teams will wear ‘BEATTIE 5’ on the back of their shirts during the warm-up today
“We’re so proud of you, @JBeattie91 – and we’re proud to share your message. Early detection saves lives.”
The Scotland international has also made the starting XI today against fellow title chasers City.
Beattie learned of her shock breast cancer diagnosis in October and she had surgery to remove the lump.
Thankfully the cancer hadn’t spread, meaning she didn’t have to go through rounds of debilitating chemotherapy.
She played for the Gunners in a 3-0 win over Birmingham last time out – but she is set to start radiotherapy in the coming weeks.
And now she wants to raise awareness of young breast cancer sufferers in a bid to encourage women to get checked.
The Arsenal superstar said: “I needed to normalise the conversation and say the words, tumour and cancer, and speak to people because it was so alien to me I never thought anything like this would happen.
“I know people are maybe scared to go to the hospital and scared to get checked out because of Covid, but there are still ways to do it.”
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