SoccerMadison to raise childhood cancer awareness

On September 5, 2014, in News, by admin

SoccerMadison will kick off its fourth fall season on Saturday with an effort to fight childhood cancer by increasing awareness while raising money for a family in need.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and part of the awareness campaign is to “Light it up Gold.”

SoccerMadison is encouraging area homeowners and businesses to replace outdoor lighting with gold-colored light bulbs, hang gold ribbons or paint gold ribbons on their driveways. The organization has replaced the SoccerMadison logo on its coaches’ T-shirts with a gold “Kickin’ Childhood Cancer Starts with Awareness” logo.

SoccerMadison will have a table set up at Baughman-Belatti Park on Saturday during game times (9:30, 10:30 and 2:00) to accept donations on behalf of the Sichmeller family.

Seven-year-old Ty Sichmeller was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009, underwent chemotherapy and went into remission. In the summer of 2011, the cancer was back. He continued to receive chemotherapy and thought that the cancer was gone.

But last month, just as he had started second grade and was gearing up to play flag football, he started having pain in his legs. When he went to the doctor, the family was told he had relapsed. He has started chemotherapy again and will stay at the Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls for
about a month.

The family hopes he will be able to have a bone marrow transplant in Minneapolis.

His father, Casey Sichmeller, works for East River Electric in Madison. They have two other children, McKenna and Taylan.

Donations to the family may also be made by going to www.gofundme.com/dquosw.

 

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