Hundreds of people rallied together for a friendly soccer tournament to raise funds for 10-year-old cancer patient Logan Alison and his family.
Logan is currently undergoing nine months of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma – a rare bone cancer – this year during a hospital visit for a broken bone.
Family friend Leaha Wykes has been collecting funds for Logan’s family and was rapt when she received a call from the owner of Mount Action Centre offering to host a couple of social soccer tournaments at the venue for free.
“He’s donated staff, the venue, absolutely everything for free. Everything is going to this appeal.”
Leaha says she has been blown away by the amount of support she has received from the community.
“People are so amazing, I’ve had such amazing things happen in the last little while. Just heaps and heaps of people, really it’s been quite easy. People want to help and they just want someone to go to.”
So far, about $1000 has been raised for Logan and Leaha hopes to have raised another $1200 from today’s event – with teams donating $80 each for a place in the tournament.
She says the idea came from Logan, who played soccer for a Bay of Plenty representative team. “He was playing at a tournament when he fell over and hurt his rib – so that’s how he actually found out he was sick.”
Logan has just undergone his second round of chemotherapy, which will continue for nine months before doctors can determine what the next stage will be.
A second soccer tournament will be held in two weeks’ time on Sunday, August 5 for children’s teams and Leaha hopes another $2000 will be raised then.
“It’s easier to get the kids to play than the adults.”