Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's soccer team will host its Vs. Cancer fundraising initiative game on Saturday afternoon of homecoming weekend versus Middlebury at 2 p.m. The team will celebrate its efforts in the fight against pediatric cancer in partnership with the Vs. Cancer organization. The Bantams partnered with Vs. Cancer at the beginning of the season in hopes of bringing awareness to pediatric cancer and to raise funds for this cause. The fundraiser is lasting throughout the season, but the team will celebrate their efforts on Saturday. Thanks to the help of their family, friends and community, the team has already raised nearly $9,000.
In partnership with Vs. Cancer the Bantams have selected the pediatric oncology unit at Connecticut Children's Medical Center to receive half of the proceeds they raise, while the other half will be used to fund ground-breaking brain tumor research efforts through the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Vs. Cancer was founded in 2012 by Chase Jones, a former collegiate baseball player at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jones was diagnosed with a brain tumor as a freshman at U.N.C. The support of his teammates during treatment was his largest source of strength during recovery. Vs. Cancer now works with athletic teams across the country who have joined the fight against childhood cancer. With the help of athletes, teams, and communities nationwide, Vs. Cancer has raised over $4.2 million dollars since their inception and is now a signature fundraising campaign for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Trinity junior Maeve Rabbitt (Concord, Mass.), who has raised over $3,000 for the cause, talked about the importance of the team's efforts and how it affects everyone. "I really am happy that our team decided to pick the fight against cancer. I think cancer is something that universally affects everyone from all different walks of life. While the idea of someone getting cancer is hard, to imagine a child getting cancer is truly horrible. I think this cause is so important to me is because I have two younger sisters and I would never want to see them have to go through something like that and if they did I would want to do everything possible to help them." Rabbitt is not only the team's lead fundraiser, but she has also raised the most money out of any female athlete in the country for this cause.
To support the team's fundraising efforts, visit: https://team.curethekids.org/trinity-soccer.