Childhood Cancer Awareness month runs through September 30
In honor of September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness month, FC Dallas announced a series of initiatives as part of Major League Soccer, MLS WORKS and Continental Tire’s Kick Childhood Cancer campaign to raise awareness and funds to combat childhood cancer. Entering its eighth year, Major League Soccer’s Kick Childhood Cancer efforts focus on supporting research to help find a cure for all forms of childhood cancer.
Kick Childhood Cancer Match: FC Dallas vs Sporting Kansas City on 9/29/21
The highlight of the month includes FC Dallas’ Kick Childhood Cancer match against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, September 29 at Toyota Stadium.
- September 29: Ticket Kickback Campaign
- September 29 – October 8: Kick Childhood Cancer Auction
- Players warm-up for the 9/29 game in Kick Childhood Cancer tops to be auctioned online along with other KCC inspired elements – all proceeds to benefit Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer
- WOKC will have a booth there to promote our mission – we need volunteers to join us!
- Warriors and their families were invited as guests of WOKC. (Warriors are children diagnosed with cancer.)
The FC Dallas Foundation will operate a Kick Childhood Cancer auction benefitting Wipe Out Kids Cancer. The auction, which runs from September 29-October 8, features an autographed Kick Childhood Cancer adidas training top which players from both teams will wear during pre-match warmups. The Foundation will also auction a team-signed and match-used specialty Kick Childhood Cancer soccer ball. FC Dallas will host special guests battling childhood cancer as well as their families on September 29th.
The Kick Childhood Cancer match will also feature:
- A commemorative Kick Childhood Cancer edition MLS adidas Nativo 21 Official Match Ball used in match play
- Gold corner flags
- Gold goal nets
- Gold captain’s armbands
- Gold ribbon jersey patches
- PRO referees will sport wristbands featuring a Kick Childhood Cancer ribbon
Fans can purchase the special KCC pre-match edition Pre-Match adidas jerseys on Soccer90 and FCDFanShop.com. MLS will donate all royalties it receives from Kick Childhood Cancer edition jerseys sold through official retail partners to the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Foundation, the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research.
FC Dallas Virtual Hospital Visits
FC Dallas will also execute virtual player appearances with pediatric cancer patients at Dallas/Fort Worth children’s hospitals during Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
Make an Impact on Social Media
As part of the month-long initiatives, FC Dallas fans are encouraged to support the Kick Childhood Cancer campaign by tweeting inspirational messages with the hashtag #KickChildhoodCancer during September. For every post featuring the #KickChildhoodCancer hashtag on Twitter from September 1-30, 2021, Continental Tire will donate $1 (up to a maximum of $50,000).
For more in the Major League Soccer’s league-wide Kick Childhood Cancer efforts, please click here.
About FC Dallas
An original member of Major League Soccer since the league’s inception in 1996, FC Dallas is owned and operated by Hunt Sports Group, which also owns the Kansas City Chiefs. FC Dallas won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1997 and 2016 and the MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2016. FC Dallas plays its home matches at Toyota Stadium.
About the FC Dallas Foundation
The FC Dallas Foundation supports programs that promote education, health and wellness to empower youth and communities in North Texas. Since 2011, the FC Dallas Foundation and its many partners have built eight pitches around Dallas, Collin and Denton counties. The Foundation also operates STEAM FC powered by NEC in conjunction with the Frisco Independent School District. The program focuses on teaching FISD sixth grade students how science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics are used in soccer.
About Wipe Out Kids' Cancer (WOKC):
Wipe Out Kids' Cancer (WOKC) is a Dallas-based nonprofit organization founded in 1980 by Cindy Brinker Simmons in memory of her mother, the late great tennis champion Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly Brinker, who died of cancer at age 34. For four decades, WOKC has been dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer by funding innovative research, education, and treatment.
WOKC has provided hope to children diagnosed with cancer and their families through multiple social engagement programs ..."medicine for the soul" as parents have described. WOKC has funded $7 million for novel pediatric cancer research projects, which have yielded $22 million in additional grant money over these past 41 years.
CHILDHOOD CANCER REALITIES: Reported by the National Institutes of Health
* Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease in children
* 43 children are diagnosed each day with cancer (1 every 30 minutes) in the U.S.: and 1 out of 8 children will not survive
* Nearly 60% of those who survive will have long-lasting chronic health conditions as adults
(Article and photo of Eddie Munjoma courtesy FC Dallas.)