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Many at Kick Cancer Day at USA CUP relate how cancer touched their lives

07/20/2016, 8:15pm CDT
By Kris Huson

Of the 284 matches played and the more than 1,200 goals scored Wednesday today at Schwan’s USA CUP, one statistic was the most important- saves. Participants were asked to ‘Kick Cancer’ to help bring life-saving resources to those affected by the disease.

Cancer statistics can be overwhelming. How can you reconcile the loss of 46 children a day to cancer or one in every eight women diagnosed with cancer or that one in every 19 people will get colon cancer or that every 9 minutes a person dies from a blood cancer in the U.S.? But as Mother Teresa once said, “If I look at the mass, I won’t act. If I look at the one, I will,” one by one the donations and personal stories came in.

From a daughter: “My dad had skin cancer, and it spread to his lungs. He survived. I was too young to understand what was going on,” said Jocelyn from Texas.

From a classmate: “Someone in my class has leukemia. He showed me his port where his chemo goes in. I was sad that he has it, but also glad that he’s out of the hospital.”

From a team: “We call ourselves the sunscreen team because we know people with melanoma, so we don’t go anywhere without our sunscreen,” said representatives the U12 girls Eden Prairie Eagles who keep travel-sized bottles of sunscreen attached to their backpacks.

From a bystander: “I don’t know anyone with cancer, but I’m supporting Children’s Cancer Research Fund’s because it would suck to be a kid and have cancer,” said Taylor from Chicago.

From a survivor: “I had cancer when I was two,” said Drew from St. Cloud, a U16 player in this year’s USA CUP.

The ripple of effects of cancer reach nearly every family. The enthusiastic participation in the Kick Cancer area of The Hub, shows that one community effort has had and will continue to make a difference in the fight to end cancer.

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