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Soccer fundraiser to help the We Cancerve Pediatric Patient Assistance Fund at Sinai

Happening September 9 in Harford County
Posted: 11:31 AM, Sep 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 19:33:32-04

For a few minutes, 11-year-old Colin McAtee lived out a dream.

He got a one-on-one soccer lesson with Baltimore Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela.

McAtee loves soccer. He's been playing the game almost all of his life.

"I just love the competitiveness. It's fun to work with a team and have friendly rivalries with other teams," he said.

McAtee is using his favorite sport to draw people in for a fundraiser on Sunday September 9 at Harford Sports in Forest Hill. McAtee is organizing the event through  We Cancerve , of which he is a board member.

The fundraiser is called "Goals for Grace," named after We Cancerve founder Grace Callwood.

It will benefit the We Cancerve Pediatric Patient Assistance Fund at Sinai Hospital. The fund helps families with sick children at the hospital cover expenses, like gas or parking tickets.

When Harford Sports owner Danny Taylor heard about "Goals for Grace," he didn't hesitate to get on board.

"Its showing kids that there is hope and there is a chance of survival," he said. "And (its) to support the parents who have to go through this."

Vanzela will also be at the event signing autographs.

"I want to set an example and I want to be the person the kids look up and follow my lead," he said.

"Goals for Grace" is going to be a penalty kick shoot out, $1 per shot. The top scorers will take shots against former Baltimore Blast goalkeeper Phil Saunders.

Click here for information about the event and how to register.