Kick Childhood Cancer
Every day, 40 children are diagnosed with cancer. 1 out of 5 children who are diagnosed with cancer dies. Across all ages, ethnic and socio-economic groups, cancer remains the number one cause of death by disease in children. And cancer does not pause during unprecedented times.
In the lead up to and during the month of September, Major League Soccer will raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. Now in its 6th year, the Kick Childhood Cancer campaign aims to find better cures for all types of childhood cancer, and now more than ever, provide support to one of the most vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In partnership with MLS clubs, players, coaches, staff and fans, the Kick Childhood Cancer campaign will raise funds to provide comfort and inspiration to the patients and families within this community and enable Children’s Oncology Group to strengthen research efforts across the entire spectrum of pediatric cancers.
Why Childhood Cancer?
- Every day, 40 children are diagnosed with cancer
- 1 out of 5 children who are diagnosed with cancer dies
- 3 out of 5 who survive children’s cancer suﬀer late-eﬀects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers
- Across all ages, ethnic and socio-economic groups, cancer remains the number one cause of death by disease in children
The Children’s Oncology Group Foundation, supports the Children’s Oncology Group, which is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research, uniting more than 10,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals around the world.
The League-wide campaign is promoted nationally throughout September on broadcast, in-stadium, on social and digital channels and by all MLS clubs through various local activations.
Ways to Help
Check back for ways to help including exclusive Kick Childhood Cancer merchandise, social fundraising opportunities and auctions for game-used memorabilia.
DONATE! directly to Children’s Oncology Group by visiting networkforgood.com.
National Kick Childhood Cancer efforts have helped strengthen Children’s Oncology Group's research efforts across the entire spectrum of pediatric cancers, including Project:EveryChild — which aims to capture the biology and outcome data of every child diagnosed with cancer. A single enrollment into a clinical trial for Project:EveryChild can approach $10,000 per patient. MLS has helped to offset the costs of nearly 25,000 enrollments to-date, with an expected 30,000 to be enrolled by the end of 2020.