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Kids Kick地 Cancer Blood Drive

March 9, 2013

By Jessica Root

Intern Reporter for the Tribune

On Saturday, March 16, Lee's Summit Soccer Association (LSSA), KC Community Blood Center and the Dalton Burner Foundation are sponsoring the Kids Kick地 Cancer Blood Drive. It will be held at Legacy Park Community Center, 901 NE Bluestem Drive, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

的 want to encourage my fellow soccer families, co-workers, friends and family to donate blood for a good cause, Joy Conyers said.

Conyers got involved with the blood drive because her son plays soccer. The blood drive was actually founded three years ago because LSSA soccer coach Ron Cox coached Dalton Burner痴 older brother. Now 8-years-old, Dalton Burner is recovering from cancer and playing on his own LSSA team.

的 always saw 銑ittle Dalton kicking the ball around while his brother was at practice, Cox said. 徹ne day he wasn稚 there so I asked about him, and I learned that he was in the hospital for cancer treatments.

That inspired Ron to do something to help kids with cancer. He eventually teamed up with Katie McMullen, the founder/president of the Dalton Burner Foundation.

擢ounded in 2010 by my husband and myself, the Dalton Burner Foundation came about when our daughter痴 best friend was diagnosed with a sarcoma tumor in his left calf at the age of 5. Since then the foundation has paid out over $30,000 in medical bills for kids in eastern Jackson County who are battling childhood cancer, McMullen said.

Giving blood on March 16 will only take an average of about 17 minutes. The first 200 donors will receive t-shirts that proudly display 的 DONATED BLOOD TO KICK CANCER. LSN and LSW girls soccer players have volunteered to work at the event.

典he blood drive started back in 2011 because three local LSSA soccer players were diagnosed with cancer and the local organization wanted to do something in their honor. The blood drive is their way to bring awareness and gain support in the fight against cancer, Conyers said.

There are still 100 appointments available so make yours now! To avoid standing in line the day of, book your appointment today at www.savealifenow.org and enter the Sponsor Code:  KICKCANCER.  You may also contact Katie McMullen at kidskickncancer@thedaltonburnerfoundation.org. Call 800.245.7035 with medical eligibility questions.

In 2011, 191 units of blood were donated and the blood drive won recognition from Community Blood Center as the Best New Drive of the Year. In 2012, Kids Kick地 Cancer had another successful annual blood drive in the spring as well as one held at Independence Event Center with the Missouri Comets.

釘lood is extremely important in the battle against cancer and truly has saved many lives, McMullen said.
Visit www.thedaltonburnerfoundation.org or www.savealifenow.org for more information.

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