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Photos: Footballer Nekounam receives captaincy armband from children fighting cancer


Report by Tehran Times; photos by Majid Asgaripour, Mehr News Agency

Iran football captain Javad Nekounam was given a symbolic captaincy armband from children fighting cancer on Wednesday. Esteghlal player Nekounam along with Persepolis goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi played football for a few minutes with the children of the Mahak Charity.

Mahak Captain Javad Nekounam

"We must make a child's dream come true. I'm happy to be here among them today. I hope they remember this day forever," Nekounam said.

"My dream is to see these children alongside their families. I hope they can be treated as soon as possible," he added.


Talking about the armband, Nekounam said, "I will keep the armband forever. This is one of the most valuable gifts I've received so far. I will put the armband in my collection."

Nekounam helped the Iranian football team reach the 2014 World Cup in June.

Goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi also participated at the event

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About two decades ago a mother who had experienced having a child with cancer and had witnessed first hand the difficulties faced by her child, pledged to set up a center that would act as a refuge for children and their families in a similar situation. With the assistance of the same friends and relatives who had helped her through her own ordeal, a board of trustees was selected and MAHAK Society to Support Children suffering from Cancer was set up as a non profit, non-governmental organization and was registered under number 6567 in 1991. MAHAK has been active from that day on in helping children with cancer and their families.

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