For the sixth consecutive year, the Titans partnered with Soccer For Hope, a non-profit cancer awareness foundation, to help spread cancer awareness and support the foundation's mission to find a cure for cancer. This year student-athletes from Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, and Loyola Marymount University came together to not only compete against each other and with youth clubs from the area, but to volunteer to become part of national bone marrow registry.
"We are incredibly grateful to Demian Brown and the entire CSF Women's Soccer Program for hosting this years Cancer Awareness Match which allowed us to sign up new donors for the bone marrow registry and shine a light on rare diseases," said Jamie Wyss, Co-Founder of Soccer For Hope.
Soccer For Hope was founded by Oliver and Jaime Wyss after their family was affected by cancer. As a former professional soccer player, Wyss suffered a non-cancerous illness, Aplastic Anemia, but survived with a bone marrow transplant. Soon after, the Wyss's children, Hudson and Abella were both diagnosed with cancerous brain tumors. However, after a hard-fought battle of recurrences and secondary cancers, both children died at ages 3 and 11.
"Soccer For Hope is so proud to partner with this prestigious university and hope we can continue this annual event for many years to come," said Wyss.
Founded in 1998, this non-profit organization focuses on childhood cancer research, awareness, and family support. Since hosting events such as soccer camps, inspiration walks to gala dinners, and movie screenings Soccer For Hope has since raised $2.5 million dollars for hospitals and foundations across the nation. Over the past weekend CSUF women's soccer and Soccer For Hope collaborated to host their annual event.
"The day of soccer was a very good day for the Titans, but more importantly the opportunity to continue to support their fight to find the cure for cancer", said head coach Demian Brown.
This event consisted of games vs. Cal Poly Pomona and LMU, as well as Cal Poly Pomona and LMU playing a match themselves. In between these, players had the opportunity to interact and play with youth from surrounding clubs and organizations.
"The opportunity for our athletes to become a part of the registry is probably the biggest positive of the day," said Brown.
CSUF women's soccer looks forward to hosting this event alongside Soccer For Hope each year in hopes of inspiring donation, research, and the search for a cure for cancer.