ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – More children die from cancer in the United States than any other disease. St. Mary's College women's soccer has teamed up with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Vs. Cancer program to change this. Throughout the fall, the team is raising awareness and funds for local kids with cancer, and they will celebrate their efforts during their home game on Oct. 26 against Mary Washington at 4:30 p.m.
Started by pediatric brain cancer survivor and former collegiate baseball player Chase Jones, Vs. Cancer empowers any sports team, any athlete, and any community 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. St. Mary's College women's soccer has selected Children's National in Washington, D.C. as their benefitting hospital.
"The team decided to partner with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Vs. Cancer program this year to help raise awareness and funds for local children with cancer," said Head Women's Soccer Coach Peter Krech '09. "Almost all of us know someone who has suffered from various forms of cancer and while it is never easy, watching children suffer is even more heartbreaking and emotional. We were able to visit Children's National in Washington, D.C. last week as a team, and I am proud of my players for supporting such an important cause!"
Kimberly Roy-Canning, director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's northeast region, understands how vital these athletes are to the nonprofit's mission. "We applaud the efforts and generous spirit of St. Mary's College women's soccer! Vs. Cancer wasn't just built by athletes for athletes. We were started by a pediatric brain cancer survivor, and we see every day how important family support and research are for children to thrive. With the support of this incredible team, we're fighting for healthier, happier futures for these kids!"
Visit team.curethekids.org/stmaryscollegeofmarylandwomenssoccer2019 to learn more about the women'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.