Houston Dynamo forward Macoumba "Mac" Kandji, 27, is excited to be part of Nothing But Nets night at this Saturday's Major League Soccer game between the Dynamo and the Philadelphia Union. The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign has joined forces with athletes from the very beginning, partnering with MLS W.O.R.K.S. to reach new audiences in the fight against malaria.
Born in Senegal and raised in Gambia, Mac understands better than most the effect malaria can have on families: Mac was hospitalized with the disease when he was fourteen.
"In my case I was very lucky," he said. "I thought I was going to die."
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