We add our voice and prayers to so many others from the football community and beyond in celebrating the life of Toby Nye, a 6-year-old Leeds United fan who sadly lost his battle with neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer that spreads quickly throughout the body – earlier this year.
Toby’s funeral was held on Monday and his family are planning a balloon release in tribute to their son at Elland Road shortly after midday on Sunday, February 3. Hundreds of well-wishers are expected to attend and pay their respects, Toby’s parents hope to “make the sky rainbow coloured for our boy”.
We applaud Leeds United who have shown young Toby and his family extraordinary support during his two-year battle with cancer, organising a ‘One day for Toby’ fundraiser in October 2017 before their game with Sheffield United that raised over £200,000 to send Toby to the US for potentially life-saving specialist treatment.
It was great to see LUFC players and staff donate a day’s wages to the campaign. It was clear that members of the squad were Toby’s friends, describing him as an “amazing little boy” and rallying round to offer him priceless support and friendship throughout his brave battle with cancer.
Those who had the pleasure of getting to know Toby said he was a breath of fresh air who formed a special bond with many people he met, he became Leeds United’s most beloved fan, his love, joy, honesty and kindness shone through in all he did.
Liam Cooper, Leeds captain and one of Toby’s biggest fans, spoke for many for us when he tweeted after Toby’s funeral on Monday: “we will cherish the memories forever. Keep smiling down on us”.
One Formation would like to pay our respects to Toby, his family and all those who supported him throughout his life.
R.I.P. Toby Nye 2013-2019.