Soccer for Hope Raises $20,000 to Combat Childhood Cancer
More than 150 children helped raise $20,000 at the 19th annual Soccer for Hope Camp and Inspiration Walk.
Football.com was proud to partner with the Orange County, California non-profit that does so much admirable work to raise money and awareness to childhood cancer.
Parents and supporters joined the walk on the final day of this year’s Soccer for Hope Camp at the Mission Viejo World Cup Center (Potacki Center).
Jamie Wyss, who founded Soccer for Hope with her husband, Oliver, head coach at J Serra High School in San Juan Capistrano and coach of the Orange County Blues, said the event was “truly impactful.”
“We were able to sign up 30 new donors for the International bone marrow registry and bring so much awareness to childhood cancer,” she told Football.com.
‘We couldn't have touched so many young lives in this community without the help of so many supporters,’ she added.
Football .com President Dr Nicole Wahab - who joined the charity walk herself - paid tribute to Soccer for Hope.
“We know that the possibilities of Football.com to help kids is endless, so it only made sense for us to support the amazing work that Jamie and Oliver have been doing with Soccer for Hope,” she explained.
“Partnerships like ours, I hope, will help us to bring awareness to our community about cancer and cancer prevention. In return helping kids to stay safe, healthy and playing the sport they love, for the rest of their lives.”
Oliver, a former pro soccer player, is a survivor of a non-cancerous illness, Aplastic Anemia, thanks to a bone marrow transplant. Oliver and Jamie’s children, Hudson and Abella, later succumbed to rare cancerous brain tumors after bravely battling multiple recurrences and secondary cancers.
Since its inception, Soccer For Hope has benefitted thousands of children and their families across the U.S. In the last 18 years they have raised over $2.5 million dollars for hospitals and foundations nationwide. They host a variety of events from soccer camps & inspiration walks to gala dinners & movie screenings. Their hope is to continue these efforts along with raising awareness for the many orphan cancers that receive little or no funding.
Jamie Wyss wanted to thank all of the following who made this year's event such a success – Orange County Blues FC, UC Irvine, Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, J Serra Boys Soccer, City of Mission Viejo, Be The Match, Children's Hospital OC, Block the Blaze sunscreen program, Soccerloco, Chick fil A, Printing Management Associates, West Coast FC Coaches, Football.com, Patient Ambassadors, AYSO - Mission Viejo, High School Volunteers, Sponsorship Donors, Syed Family, Larson Family, Armour Family, Jones Family, Guinane Family, Kathleen Deane, Stephanie Hanes, camp participants and all who donated baked goods to the Snack Shack!
“Thank you, thank you - for all your time and generosity,” she said.