LOSING his best friend to cancer was the inspiration for Tim Green to decide to help try and save other lives.
The 25-year-old was childhood pals with Tom Prince, who died of the rare bone cancer osteosarcoma at 15.
Now I feel he has given me a legacy.Tim Green
Now, a decade later, Tim started working for Brain Tumour Research.
With 40 per cent of all cancers causing brain tumours, Tim thought the best way to keep Tom’s legacy alive was to work for the charity, which researches finding a cure for the condition.
Tim, from Southsea, said: ‘Tom was a lively, fun guy who was up for anything.
‘He always had this big beaming smile. He was clever, a great footballer and a good friend.
‘I saw him at his home two days before he died. He was very poorly and couldn’t really talk.
‘I held his hand as I spoke to him about football and how Pompey were doing. Now I feel he has given me a legacy.’
Tom died on the eve of his 16th birthday in 2004 after suffering with osteosarcoma for 19 months. In his memory, his parents Adele and Clinton set up the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
They had the aim of raising £1m for research. That target has nearly been reached thanks to the annual Blue Day fundraiser.
And now Tim is doing his part in his role as regional fundraising manager for Brain Tumour Research.
He said: ‘I knew Tom since we were five because we both played football for Meon Milton.
‘We got close during our time at Priory School and then in 2001 we both bought a season ticket for Fratton Park. We would go to the games together.
‘When Tom died, I thought I can either dwell on this and think that I have lost my best friend or I can flip it and say that I don’t want anyone else to go through it.
‘If he was here today, I think he would be proud of me. He is my inspiration and I tell his family that all the time.’
Clinton said they would like to thank Tim for his work raising the profile of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.
‘We are pleased to hear Tim has secured such a fantastic role working for Brain Tumour Research as we know how much research into a cure means to him,’ he said.
‘He has worked so hard to achieve his goals and gain the experience and respect needed in the charity sector.
‘We would like to thank him for everything he has done to help raise the profile of The Tom Prince Cancer Trust and we wish him luck.’