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26 November 2013

Tobi raising awareness on HCM

Lions Live are delighted to confirm two extra special guests - Tobi Alabi and John Kerr - on tonight's show, brought to you online direct from The Den between 7-9pm.

Just four weeks ago the world of former Millwall striker Tobi was turned upside down when he received the devastating news that his dreams of pursuing a career as a professional footballer were over.

Tobi, who left Millwall at the end of last season, collapsed on the pitch whilst playing for the Metropolitan Police and although it was initially thought that he had suffered an asthma attack, he was able to leave the pitch unaided and watch the rest of the game from the stands. 

However Tobi, 20, went for further tests and he was told that his playing career was over due to a condition called HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy), which is a condition best known as a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. 

To his immense credit - and showing an incredible level of resolve - Tobi has now engaged in a full-on campaign called #Letschangethegame to raise awareness about heart conditions and for yearly screenings within the professional game.

In the immediate aftermath of announcing his retirement from the professional game, Tobi gave a round of interviews to the local press, and has since stepped up matters further by this week releasing a moving video account  called 'My Story'.

Speaking on his Twitter account @Alabss_ on Monday he said: "Today "My Story" my version of events. The video will be released at 8.05pm, the time I collapsed in my last ever football match.

Papers say what they want you to read, likewise news, My Version, From My Lips. This Is My Story.
 #LetsChangeTheGame"http://youtu.be/sjDFdWqBLuw

Tobi will this evening be joining the Lions Live team in the studio as he talks about his health issues plus his hopes and plans for the future. If you have any questions for Tobi please send them in using one of the three contact methods at the bottom of the page.

Following on from Tobi will be a great friend of the club and the man who scored the first ever goal at The 'New' Den - John Kerr - who will be speaking on the show in the second hour.

John, who made 43 appearances for The Lions scoring eight goals, now lives in his native America but does get back to visit The Den on a regular basis with his family, and is a member of the recently formed Millwall Former Players Association.

If you have any questions for either Tobi or John then get involved and have your say in one of these ways:
Phone - 020 7237 9272
Text - 07895 022 325 or
Email - lionslive@hotmail.co.uk



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