Squash great Matthew donates prizemoney to sick youngster

London (AFP) - Three-time squash world champion Nick Matthew has donated his $12,000 prizemoney from winning the Canary Wharf Classic on Friday night towards treatment for youngster Sumner Malik who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The 36-year-old Briton -- whose win was a record sixth in the event -- knows the family and said he had been moved by the 11-year-old's story.

Malik, who is a keen squash player and is still playing despite being diagnosed last year with a brain tumour -- DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) for which there is no known cure.

Matthew has called on others to help as the National Health Service does not provide treatment so Sumner's parents -- who have five other children -- have to fund private treatment.

"I know the Malik family and they live and breathe squash. I'm a parent myself and hopefully he can have a great life ahead of him and I'm glad that I've been able to give them a good fund," said Matthew on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) website.

"I don't want any thanks or personal gain for doing it -- it's about raising awareness for him and it's the least that I can do."

Camron Malik, Sumner's father, said he was overwhelmed by Matthew's generosity towards his son who underwent treatment last Monday.

"Our initial invoice was £86,000 (98,000euros, $105,000) for the trial at the Harley Street Clinic in London," he told the SquashMad.com website.

"We have just paid £60,500 today and we are still trying to raise £6,000 per month for the monthly infusion costs. This could go up to £11,000 per month depending on which drug Sumner is more responsive to.

"As long as this trial works in inhibiting the growth of the tumour we may well be able to send Sumner on to immunotherapy in Germany at an additional cost of ?40,000 per trip, which we believe could be every six weeks."

DIPG affects a part of the brain stem which controls heartbeat, breathing, swallowing, eye movement, eyesight, and balance.