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Manchester United and DHL Take Time Out for Ill Kids

Twelve Swedish children fulfill their dream of meeting Manchester United players while the team was in Gothenburg on the DHL Tour 2012.

The night before their high-profile match against Barcelona on August 7 in Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of Manchester United players turned their attention to a group of children suffering from life-threatening diseases. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was aimed at bringing a little joy to some kids who seldom have a lot to smile about.

Twelve kids from the Min Stora Dag Foundation (My Big Day) met 20 players from Manchester United’s first team.

For the kids the DHL-hosted gathering was a dream come true – a wish granted. Their wish: to meet their football heroes from Manchester United.

Min Stora Dag provides support to the families of children who are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases. The foundation’s goal is to help critically ill children between the ages of three and 18 years old make their wishes comes true. Min Stora Dag places high importance on the participation of each child. The group works closely with Sweden’s University Hospitals and the children and their families to help fulfill the kids’ dreams and lift their spirits in the process.

The children got to hang out and chat with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nani, Hernandez, De Gea and Macheda, not to mention get autographs and have their photographs taken with their heroes. The kids also received goodie bags that included jerseys and other memorabilia they could have signed by the team and wear with pride.

The lucky 12 could hardly stand the anticipation of the event. The smiles on the faces of both the kids and the players is evidence enough that a good time was had by all!

See all the photos from the event as well as the rest of the DHL Tour 2012 at Link / New Window