Coaches and the best players from the Ashe County Youth Soccer League will take the field to raise money for a local man fighting cancer.
Jose Densa, who is 19 and a graduate of Ashe County High School, has been in a fight with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for five years.
“I’ve been growing up with this stuff,” Densa said. “When life gives you lemons you make lemonade, you just learn to deal with it.”
While attending the event is free, all of the money donated will go towards helping Densa.
Event organizer Dianne Eldreth said that Densa has already had one bone marrow transplant and is about to have another.
“They’re doing it in Chapel Hill,” she said. “He will be isolated for 100 days.”
Eldreth said there will be 26 teams competing on the field at Blue Ridge Elementary School.
Soccer vs. Cancer will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, and the final match, All-Stars vs. Coaches, will kickoff at 3:30 p.m.
“It’s a hilarious thing to watch these guys,” Eldreth said. “Our coaches come out and try to play while most of them have never played before. Some of them have. They just get out and have a good time and it is funny watching them run up and down the field.”
Hot dogs, hamburgers and desserts will be on sale throughout the day. There will also be a raffle drawing taking place, but the winners will not be announced until October.
“We have some items that we raffle, people who donate have a chance to win,” Eldridge said.
The event is in its fifth year. Since starting, two of the people the youth soccer league has sponsored have been cured – the other two continue to fight on.
“About five years ago we had a young man who was playing soccer and diagnosed with cancer,” Eldreth said. “We decided we would have one day to concentrate on him and try to raise money.”
Eldreth said that they started the event when the economic downfall happened. The original patient’s father was having to take off work and sending him to hospitals for treatments.
While the money helps, it is ultimately the prayers that everybody looks for.
“I think the prayer is more important than the money,” Eldreth said. It may not be politically correct but that’s how I feel.”
For Densa, he is happy that the support is there.
“It is nice to know that I have a community around me that is aware,” he said.