John McCarthy - Philadelphia Union - smiling with young friend Cameron McCarthy
Courtesy of David Grzybowski

Philadelphia Union's John McCarthy supports young fan in battle with cancer

For Philadelphia Union goalkeeper John McCarthy and young fan Cameron McCarthy, a bad buzz cut was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

The Philadelphia ‘keeper visited seven-year-old Cameron (no relation) in a Delaware hospital last summer, getting a buzz cut from the big Union fan to show support for her in her fight with cancer.

Nearly a year later, young Cameron is still battling her disease – she’s undergone 17 rounds of chemotherapy and 31 rounds of proton therapy in the last 12 months – and still getting some support from McCarthy. The two have remained friends, with McCarthy hosting Cameron and her family at Union games, visiting her in the hospital and being a loyal member of Team Cameron.

McCarthy recently had Cameron and her family out to a Union training session. PHL17’s David Grzybowski was on hand for their meeting, with the story of Cameron, John and their friendship airing on Monday – the same day Cameron returned home from the hospital. Check out the piece above. 

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