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London – Former Manchester United and England striker Andy Cole created a research fund to help improve kidney transplants and patient well-being, after suffering in his own battle with kidney failure.
Cole, who was crowned United with several titles during the era of Scottish coach Alex Ferguson, suffered a kidney failure in 2015 after contracting a virus during a promotional tour in Vietnam as ambassador to the “Red Devils” club.
He underwent a transplant three years ago after his nephew donated to the college, and the 48-year-old, currently isolated from the emerging corona virus, wants to help others through the Andy Cole fund managed by the Kidney Research Foundation in the United Kingdom.
Cole aims to focus on research in improving kidney transplantation and patient well-being, according to what the former international who currently holds the position of assistant coach in the South End team has shown within the third-tier level.
“I was mentally strong enough to play football, but this is the hardest fight I’ve ever faced. I don’t want anyone to suffer from what I have suffered. The mental battle is bigger than the physical problem. The mind is the most powerful thing in the world,” Cole said.
He revealed, “My goal now is to find better ways to help make life better for people suffering from kidney disease or transplantation. If I can help anyone else, this is what I will do.”
The Andy Cole fund aims to raise at least 500,000 pounds over the next three years.
Cole, who also defended the colors of Newcastle and Manchester City, was crowned five times in the Premier League title with the United shirt, and he also won with the latter two Champions League and England Cup titles.