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Childhood Cancer Awareness

By Arkansas United , 08/29/17, 10:00AM CDT


Members of the Arkansas United Soccer Club Community,

In partnership with the Go4theGoal Foundation, Arkansas United is inviting all of our teams to join us in raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer this September through Go4theGoal’s Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer program. This campaign arose from the youth soccer community in New Jersey as a way for players and coaches to get involved, help raise awareness, and show support for local kids battling cancer, like AR United's own Cory Collister. 

All funds raised beyond the cost of the laces will be used at Arkansas Children’s Hospital to support local children being treated for cancer. 

Here's how it works:

  • Each AR United team purchases gold shoelaces for $5/pair from Go4theGoal's Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer program and players wear them during the month of September. 

Remember to put "Arkansas United" in the team name window when ordering!

"Go All Gold for Capital City Cup" -  Over the weekends of Capital City Cup (9/23 - 9/24 & 9/30 - 10/1), all participating AR United teams will wear gold shoelaces to show their support for the program.

And finally, if you want to make an even greater impact, players, families, and friends can also directly donate to Arkansas Children's hospital from our online fundraising campaign at the included link. Each dollar helps towards our club goal of beating pediatric cancer:

Sounds great, right? But here’s the best part - $4 per each pair of shoelaces goes back to the cause plus, 100% of ALL donations! These funds will directly benefit kids with cancer and their families in OUR area!                          

Cory's Story

As valued teammate on the 04 Boys Blue team in Little Rock, anyone in the club who has met Cory knows his passion for the beautiful game. He comes to practice with a smile on his face and is usually one of the last to leave. Often found wearing his favorite Bayern Munich shirt, Cory is the type of player who constantly works to improve his game so he can be better for himself and the team. 

Over the summer, Cory seemed to lose some pep in his step and after a really difficult day at swim team practice, he awoke the next morning with chest pain, shortness of breath, and a fever. When tests were run at Arkansas Children's Hospital, it was discovered that Cory has Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a type of cancer that attacks the body's lymph system. Though a scary situation, he is tackling this challenge in typical Cory fashion and continuing to smile. And, thanks to the Arkansas Children's Hospital staff, nurses and doctors, he is in good hands, doing well with his treatments and on the road to recovery. His team looks forward to the day they can welcome him back to the fields to tackle opponents, not illnesses. 

AR United's participation in the The Go4theGoal program will provide a positive and direct impact for children such as Cory in our local area. As a club, let's rally to support Cory and all the Arkansas children who have to battle cancer and help make a difference. Let's Go4theGoal! 

United we stand.   #weARunited