Kylian Mbappe has donated about $35,000 to a fund set up by the family of missing pilot Dave Ibbotson, who was lost at sea while flying Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala from Wales to France.
The Paris Saint-Germain star, 20, sent the funds under the name Elie Lottin. He also donated $1,300 to the search to find Sala, and his full name is Kylian Mbappe Lottin.
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Sala’s body was recovered and identified only after a second search was funded, and Ibbotson’s family fears they may never recover the body of the pilot without significant financial help.
“We cannot bear the thought of him being alone, we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest.”
Look past Mbappe’s massive bank account here; The 20-year-old has shown a grace and conscience unseen from many a person, let alone athlete, previously donating a half-million dollars in World Cup winnings to an organization that sets up sporting events for kids with disabilities.
Broadcaster and former Leicester star Gary Lineker also donated $1,300 to the search for Ibbotson.
The page’s fundraising goal is about $388,000. It has currently has raised about $156,000, and Mbappe’s donation will help spread the word for sure. The page is here.
This summer, Moises Martinez’s biggest challenge was making Fresno FC’s first team.
Now he’s in an entirely different battle.
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The 24-year-old player fell into a coma last week, the result of a “serious genetic condition” described as a “tangle of veins in the back of his head” and a “bomb waiting to go off.”
Martinez is on life support, engaged to be married, and his fiancee is two months pregnant. A GoFundMe page is the “only source of income” for the family since his father has taken off of work from his job at a collision shop to be with his son. From The Fresno Bee:
“(Martinez’s fiancee) said there was a malformation in his head that caused an aneurism and ruptured vein. Doctors drilled holes in his head to remove blood and fluid, and removed the bottom half of his skull. His ruptured vein was repaired, but his brain stem was damaged. Surgeons told his family they did everything they could to help him.”
The page is nearing its $15,000 goal.
Martinez went to West Hills College and has six goals and six assists as a sophomore in 2015. He played PDL with Fresno FC’s U-23 side.