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Sep 01, 2015   |  9:34AM AET

DT38 Down Under

DT38 Down Under

Perth Glory FC has supported the special unveiling of the statue commemorating the life of talented Perth born footballer Dylan Tombides, who lost his battle with testicular cancer.

Tombides died in April last year after battling the disease for three years.

He was only 20 years old.

Dylan was a professional footballer for EPL team West Ham United and for the Olyroos.

He was diagnosed with the disease while playing for Australia at the U-17 World Cup in Mexico in 2011.

It was a tournament where he shone and is well remembered for a goal celebration he dedicated to his mum Tracylee.

With his shin pad hanging out of his mouth, it said “Happy Birthday Mum”.

The statue unveiled at nib Stadium in Perth today depicts that very special goal scoring moment .

It’s also a celebration of Dylan’s life and the impact he had on those around him.

However it’s also a reminder to young and older men to get regular check-ups.

Dylan’s famiy with strong support from the football community in Perth and in the United Kingdom has established the DT38 Foundation, which is aimed at raising awareness on testicular cancer and to change the way it is diagnosed.

You can find out more on the foundation here