Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez visits hospital and greets patients with the Barclays Premier League trophy.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez visits hospital and greets patients with the Barclays Premier League trophy.

Mon, 2011-09-26

Mexican striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernández took time off from his duties scoring goals for Manchester United to visit with young people being treated for cancer in a nearby English clinic. 

"Chicharito," along with other Manchester United players, visited the hospital The Christie, where patients took pictures with their favorite soccer stars and even got a chance to hold the Premier League championship trophy from last season.

In a press release from Manchester United’s official website, Javier "Chicharito" Hernández expressed his happiness to help others in need. 

"I'm very happy and it is a real pleasure to be here and visit these people who unfortunately have this disease, but I have hope that this visit and the championship trophy from Manchester United can make them happy today. That's the most important." 

“Chicharito” went on to express his gratitude for the visit and reflect on his own life as a professional athlete. 

"It's very important for Manchester United players to visit places like The Christie because we can see another side of life. After all, we are very lucky, firstly because we're very healthy but also because we do what we love which is playing football. I've always said I'm a lucky guy, said "Chicharito."

Quang Pham, a 19-year-old patient, said it was fantastic to get to know "Chicharito." 

"He is my favorite player and I was speechless when I saw him. Still I cannot believe I could take a picture with him. I'm very happy."

Jenny Haskey, head of corporate fundraising and sporting events at The Christie, added: 

"We were delighted “Chicharito” came to visit our teenage cancer patients and show off the trophy. These patients are going through the most difficult times of their lives so visits like these are a great motivational boost."

As one of the official charity partners of Manchester United, The Christie was a key destination on the club's 10-day local Barclays Premier League championship trophy tour of Manchester United Foundation projects.

In his first official start for Manchester United since his concussion at the end of July, Javier "Chicharito" Hernández demonstrated he had lost nothing off of his scoring touch by scoring twice in the 5-0 English Premier League victory over Bolton this past weekend.