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Gerald Asamoah

Schalke’s German international Gerald Asamoah is using his fame to help children with heart defects in his birthplace, Ghana, after recently creating the Gerald Asamoah Foundation. “Our plan is to develop our project to enable us to set up a clinic in Ghana. Everything has gone smoothly so far,” said the 29-year-old football striker, who also plans to fly children to heart specialists in Germany for treatment: “This foundation is quite literally close to my heart.” Asamoah is all too familiar with heart problems himself having been diagnosed with a thickening of the heart septum in 1998, a defect that threatened to call time on his career. Asamoah chose to continue playing football – at his own risk, which is why there is always a defibrillator on hand whenever he takes to the pitch in case he suffers cardiac arrest.