SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Western New England University men's soccer program has teamed up with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Vs. Cancer program to raise awareness and funds for local kids with cancer.
The team's efforts throughout this season will culminate in Western New England hosting a "Vs. Cancer" game on Saturday, as the Golden Bears take on Roger Williams University in Commonwealth Coast Conference action at 2 p.m.
"For us to have the opportunity to join in the fight against pediatric cancer is a special opportunity," said head coach Devin O'Neill. "There is nothing more heartbreaking to see than children sick and struggling, so any strides that we can make in this fight and any small part that we can play is wonderful."
The Western New England men's soccer team has raised over $2,200 towards its goal of $3,000, while the Soccer Vs. Cancer 2019 campaign has raised nearly $75,000 with an overall goal of $100,000.
Started by pediatric brain cancer survivor and former collegiate baseball player Chase Jones, Vs. Cancer empowers sports teams, athletes, and communities to help kids with cancer. As a signature fundraising campaign of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Vs. Cancer proceeds help fund child life programs in local hospitals and groundbreaking research to cure pediatric brain tumors, the deadliest childhood cancer.
Visit https://team.curethekids.org/team/242902 to learn more about the WNE men's soccer team's fundraising efforts.
About the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
As the world's leading nonprofit dedicated to children and teens with brain tumors, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's mission is to care for families along their journey, cure all childhood brain tumors, and help survivors and families thrive. In 2016 the Vs. Cancer Foundation merged with the PBTF and now is a signature fundraising campaign of the nonprofit. Since 1991, the PBTF has funded more than $30 million in research to increase survivorship, improve quality of life, and ultimately eliminate pediatric brain tumors. We also provide emotional support, information, resource referrals, and other free services to families, including emergency financial assistance, peer support, and college and vocational scholarships. In addition to Vs. Cancer, the PBTF hosts Ride for Kids and Starry Night. Call 800-253-6530 or visit www.curethekids.org/mission to join us in our mission to Care. Cure. Thrive.