The Luther College men's and women's soccer teams teamed up with the 2019 Soccer Vs. Cancer campaign to make a difference in the lives of those affected by pediatric brain tumors. On Saturday, Sept. 28, Luther hosted home games as the culmination of their fundraising event, during which they surpassed their fundraising goal of $5,000, raising $5,916 in total.
"Many of us have been impacted by cancer and this is an opportunity for our programs to give back to an organization that is working towards providing research and funding to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation," said Garcia-Prats, head men's soccer coach. "Thanks to all of the donors for your support and thank you to [Luther students] Steven Johnson '21 and Lizzy Deprenger '20 for organizing this effort."
Soccer Vs. Cancer is a part of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Vs. Cancer program which aims to support child life programs and national pediatric brain tumor research. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's mission: "Care. Cure. Thrive." is simple, yet powerful. Support provides care for families, fueling research to cure childhood brain tumors and helps survivors and families thrive.
"Each year our team looks at different organizations/community service opportunities to engage with. Hopefully this will provide a connection for our student-athletes in supporting others in need," said Garcia-Prats.
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