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'Goals for Grace' raises money for families with sick children

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jul 29, 2019

Registration is open for a fundraiser in Harford County to raise money for families who have sick children in the hospital.

It's hard to keep track of 11-year-old Nathaniel Rey when he's on the soccer field. All you see is a flash of orange running toward the ball, trying to steal it away from his brothers and score on the goalie.

Nathaniel has been playing soccer for a long time, well before he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014. Nathaniel had to go through several rounds of treatment for two years, but the worst part of it for him was that he couldn't play soccer.

Nathaniel is now in remission and back on the soccer field playing at the Harford Sports Performance Center in the Goals for Grace Fundraiser which kicks off on September 8.

The competition is in its second year and raises money for the WeCancerve Pediatric Patient Assistance Fund at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.

Grace Callwood, who created the non-profit, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 7 and has been cancer free for 5 years. She started the pediatric patient assistance fund a few years ago to help families with sick kids at Sinai cover costs for things like parking, meals and co-pays.

Part of soccer competition includes putting your skills to the test against former and current Baltimore Blast players, like former Goalkeep Phil Saunders.

The biggest win of all will be the good feeling kids like Nathaniel will have knowing they are making a difference to families just like his who need the most support during the toughest times of their lives.

To register for the competition, click here.