September is Kick Childhood Cancer awareness month!
In a continued effort to raise awareness for cancer research and treatment, Sounders FC are working with MLS WORKS to highlight Kick Childhood Cancer. In its 4th year, the League-wide childhood cancer awareness campaign will continue its efforts to help find cures for all types of childhood cancer. Sounders FC goal is to create as many inspiring and empowering experiences for youth with cancer and their families throughout the month of September. Sounders FC will #KickChildhoodCancer with these activities:
Kick Childhood Cancer Scarves
Fans can help find a cure for every child with cancer by purchasing an exclusive Kick Childhood Cancer scarf at the CenturyLink Field and Downtown Pro Shop locations while supplies last. Scarf proceeds go to Children’s Oncology Group and Austen Everett Foundation.
During September, fans can also help Kick Childhood Cancer by showing off their scarves on social media using #ScarvesUp. For each original post using #ScarvesUp on Twitter or Instagram, MLS will donate $1 to Children's Oncology Group, the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. Click here to learn how it works.
September 8: Kick Childhood Cancer Sounders FC Training Visit
Alcatel is providing each youth with their very own Alcatel A30 Tablet 8 and Sounders FC player emoji cutouts. After the formal training session, the kids received photos and autographs from the team. Those who could participate, kicked around with their favorite Sounders FC players!
September 10: Sounder FC v. LA Galaxy
Sounders FC and MLS WORKS will celebrate Kick Childhood Cancer month with gold goal nets, a gold match ball, gold corner flags and a gold ribbon on each of the player’s jerseys.
September 15: United Way’s Day of Caring
Sounders FC front office will be volunteering at several projects throughout the Greater Seattle area. The following two projects further highlight September’s Kick Childhood Cancer initiative:
Project #1: Soulumination:
Soulumination provides families that have a child or parent with a life-threatening condition with professional photography, free of charge. When their images are ready, they are packaged beautifully in hand-made gifts that volunteers help create.
Project #2: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska
The Ronald McDonald House is a place where families can stay close while their child is undergoing treatment and Seattle Children's Hospital. Families find great comfort in coming home to a clean organized house, inside and out, after a long, stressful day at the Hospital.
Volunteers will be working outside with the Master Gardeners to manage the gardens, they will be inside cleaning/organizing and with a kitchen supervisor making casseroles that will be frozen and served at a later date when there isn't a schedule dinner for families. Sounders FC alumnus Roger Levesque will be onsite and supporting Kick Childhood Cancer!
September 16: Sounder FC v. FC Dallas. Private Viewing Party for Austen Everett Foundation
The Austen Everett Foundation is hosting a private event at The NINETY to support Sounders FC in its road match at FC Dallas. The Austen Everett Foundation works to inspire, empower and improve the lives of kids battling cancer by “Uniting the Fight” of these extraordinary individuals with professional and collegiate athletic organizations. AEF families are getting a chance to connect and enjoy some fun activities outside of the hospital while they cheer on Sounders FC.
September 19: Brad Evans Be-Rad Check Presentation
Earlier this season, Brad Evans celebrated his 32nd birthday by selling Be-Rad shirts! Over 940 shirts were sold with proceeds benefitting the Strong Against Cancer initiative at Seattle Children’s. Brad will meet with the staff at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research to surprise them with a check and tickets to the 9/27 Kick Childhood Cancer match!
September 22: Make-A-Wish Luau with Noelia
Make-A-Wish kid Noelia is described by her wish-granting volunteers as a firecracker, due to her bright and vibrant personality. Noelia enjoys playing soccer outside with her brother and looks up to soccer legend Lionel Messi. She hasn’t let cancer keep her from playing the sport she loves.
Noelia wished to go to Hawaii because she loves nature and experiencing new adventures. She especially wants to see the volcanoes, and go zip lining so that she can see things from the heights, and she wants to swim with dolphins.
“(My wish) will be my first time ever leaving Seattle, I’ve never been on a plane and my family has never taken a trip or gone on vacation together,” said Noelia. “I’m really excited to see the island and experience something new.”
Sounders FC provided travel goodie bags for Noelia and her family and are throwing her a luau after she returns so that she can share video and photos of her trip!
September 27: Out for Blood with Zach Scott - Blood Drive
Fans are invited to make a reservation to give blood at The NINETY between 8:30am and 2:00pm on September 27. Every fan that gives blood at the event will receive an exclusive “Out for Blood with Zach Scott” t-shirt presented by Slalom and autographed by Zach Scott.
Each year, Bloodworks Northwest helps over 55,000 patients receive life-saving blood transfusions in the Pacific Northwest. Blood donations are used daily by patients undergoing surgery, cancer treatment, organ transplants, and trauma injuries and burns. A patient with a childhood cancer typically receives at least two blood products during treatment.
September 27: Sounders FC v. Vancouver Whitecaps
- On the Pitch: Sounders FC and MLS WORKS will celebrate Kick Childhood Cancer month with gold goal nets, a gold match ball, gold corner flags and a gold ribbon on each of the player’s jerseys.
- Be the Match: Be The Match will be on site throughout matchday to encourage Sounders FC fans to join their donor registry. Their mission is to provide a matching donor for every patient in need and eliminate barriers to transplant. Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, connects patients with blood diseases to their life-saving marrow or stem cell transplant.
- Location #1: The Ninety from 8:30am-2:30pm (no reservation needed)
- Location #2: Soccer celebration; inside the NW corner of CenturyLink Field (6pm – 9pm)
- Who Can Participate: Anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 who is in good health and committed to donating to a patient in need
- Inspirational Experiences for Kids with Cancer and their Families
- Austen Everett Foundation Honorary Team Captain: Sounders FC are pleased to welcome 6-year-old Joshua Fisher as our Austen Everett Foundation Honorary Team Captain, joining Sounders FC’s captain to participate in the coin toss, as well as other pre-match ceremonies with the team. For more information on Honorary Team Captains as part of Austen Everett Foundation, visit here
- Xbox Dream Team: Youth ages 6-12 who are fighting cancer will be given the opportunity to be on the Sounders FC Dream Team. Youth will get the opportunity to walk out onto the Xbox Pitch during opening ceremonies, side by side with the players, in an official uniform that is theirs to keep after the match.
- Match Ball Presenter: Make-A-Wish kid, Noelia will be joining us pre-match to present the official Kick Childhood Cancer match ball. She will be featured on the SounderVision videoboards and chat with Ken Carson before player walkouts.
- Sounders FC Corporate Partners Pitching In:
- Alcatel is donating four of their Alcatel sideline seats and an exclusive suite experience to youth battling cancer and their families so that they can enjoy the match in comfort.
- Slalom is donating four of their Slalom Experience Pitch-side seats to a youth fighting cancer and her family.