Kick Childhood Cancer campaign kicks off ahead of September games

FC Cincinnati are proud to join with Major League Soccer and MLS WORKS – MLS’ social responsibility platform – for the league’s annual “Kick Childhood Cancer” initiative in the month of September.

Now in its eighth year, MLS’ Kick Childhood Cancer initiative has helped put a brighter light on what types of cancers typically affect children, how children and their families cope with their diagnoses and help raise funds for further research. Kick Childhood Cancer works to strengthen research efforts to find cures for all types of childhood cancer and provide support to one of the most vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are honored to work alongside Cancer Free Kids, The Cure Starts Now, The Dragonfly Foundation, and Ronald McDonald House to bring attention to their important work and to provide special experiences for their families,” said Kate Solomon, Vice President, Community Relations and FCC Foundation Executive Director.

FC Cincinnati will work with four local pediatric cancer organizations through the month of September. As the Community Partner of the Match, they will receive scoreboard recognition, booth space and tickets to a match. Each organization will also host a booth in Washington Park prior to each match.

A representative from each organization also designed a KCC scarf which will be sold in the team store and online beginning September 1 with a percentage of proceeds donated to the organizations.

At each of the club’s three home matches in September, as well as the most recent match in August against CF Montréal, a different local organization focusing on different aspects of supporting, caring for and curing children with cancers are recognized:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 18 vs. Montréal – The Cure Starts Now
  • Saturday, Sept. 4 vs. Miami – Ronald McDonald House
  • Saturday, Sept. 11 vs. Toronto – The Dragonfly Foundation
  • Saturday, Sept. 18 vs. NYCFC – Cancer Free Kids
The Cure Starts Now

The Cure Starts Now

About the Designer: Caleb George is a thriving 8 year old from Indianapolis, In. He was diagnosed with Ependymoma brain cancer in September of 2019. He's endured four surgeries and 30 rounds of Proton Radiation. Caleb is doing very well and lives every single day with thankfulness. In his free time you will likely find him playing his Nintendo Switch or practicing karate. He has a big heart for children fighting this battle and naturally spreads joy wherever he goes.

The Dragonfly Foundation

The Dragonfly Foundation

About the Designer: Elijah was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a type of kidney cancer, at four years old. He underwent 28 weeks of chemotherapy, 7 radiation treatments, and 5 surgeries during treatment. He fought hard and won the battle in April of 2019. He is now approaching 2.5 years cancer free and continues with routine checkups. He enjoys playing baseball, reading, playing fortnite, and watching sports. He’s continued to show strength after treatment and amazes everyone he meets!

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House

About the Designer: Jyleigh is an amazing 13-year-old girl who has been sick since birth. She has an infectious smile and an even more infectious personality. Jyleigh was born six weeks premature. She has been diagnosed with multiple conditions, including an unknown chromosome deletion and extremely rare immune disorder. She has endured multiple surgeries and biopsies. Despite all of this, Jyleigh has fought hard to live a normal life and has a pure and giving heart.

CancerFree Kids

CancerFree Kids

About the Designer: Maddie Thompson recently graduated from Badin High School. During her time in high school, Maddie became a fierce advocate for kids battling cancer through her participation at the CancerFree KIDS’ Night for the Fight – a high school based event where thousands of teens come together to raise money for childhood cancer research. She continues to volunteer with CancerFree KIDS while she continues her education at Centre College where she will be majoring in English with a minor in Art.

FCC will also create a special experience for families who will be invited to the new TQL Stadium for a tour, visit with Gary the mascot, and a goody bag with FCC and Kick Childhood Cancer gear.

The FC Cincinnati match against Inter Miami CF on Saturday, September 4, will serve as the official game day kickoff to the month of recognitions with a gold theme, the adopted color for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Among the activities and awareness items scheduled for the Miami match include:

  • Commemorative KCC MLS adidas Nativo 21 Official Match Ball
  • KCC adidas Pre-Match Tops will be worn by players during pregame and warmups on game day as well as on the bench, side lines and during training and in the community
  • Gold corner flags
  • Gold goal nets
  • Gold captain’s armbands
  • Gold ribbon jersey patches
  • PRO referees will sport wristbands featuring a KCC ribbon

ABOUT THE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

The Dragonfly Foundation helps pediatric cancer families and patients find strength, courage and joy throughout treatment and recovery in the form of support and comfort services.

Cancer Free Kids seeks to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening disease in children by funding promising research that might otherwise go un- or under-funded.

The Cure Starts Now focused on research to find a cure for DIPG, a rare form of pediatric brain cancer.

Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House provides a supportive home-away-from-home for families and their children receiving medical treatment in the area, regardless of their ability to pay.

FC Cincinnati return home against Inter Miami CF on Saturday, September 4. First kick is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on WSTR 64, carried on the radio on ESPN1350, streamed regionally on fccincinnati.com/stream, and out of market on ESPN+.

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