glassybaby and Sounders Women team up to “kick” cancer!

 

Tonight, May 31st, the Seattle Sounders Women host their first home game of the 2012 season against the Colorado Rush.  The game will be played at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington, with kick-off slated for 7:00pm.  In addition to cheering on our hometown favorite, just before kick-off, glassybaby will participate in a special ceremony to mark the beginning of a new partnership between glassybaby, Seattle Sounders Women and the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund at Swedish Cancer Institute.

During the ceremony, each Sounders team member will give a ‘grass’ glassybaby to some very special fans that have been affected by cancer.   Many of the recipients are affiliated with a Washington-based non-profit called “Brandon’s Goal Foundation”.   Named in honor of Brandon Brauns, a four-year old who loved soccer and battled brain cancer, the foundation supports research for childhood cancer, patient services and family support.

The ‘grass’ glassybaby that will be given away at tonight’s ceremony is a brilliant shade of lime green–the color of new, spring grass.  It bears a striking similarity to one of the Sounders team colors, “rave green”.  As part of the new partnership, glassybaby will donate 10% of revenue from the sale of each  ‘grass’ glassybaby to the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund at Swedish Medical Center.  This fund provides non-medical financial assistance to help those in need.   This crucial program offers relief for rent, transportation, childcare, insurance, utility bills and other essentials that patients need to ensure that they are not forced to forego life-saving cancer treatment.

Sounders Women Head Coach Michelle French

As a Seattle-leader in diagnosis, treatment and recovery, many people facing a cancer diagnosis seek treatment at Swedish Medical Center.   Michelle “Frenchie” French, who was named head coach of the Seattle Sounders Women this past January, was treated at Swedish for non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2008.   The tenacity and enthusiasm that were hallmarks of her soccer playing style, also served her well during her chemotherapy and radiation treatments; Michelle is currently in remission.

Michelle is a northwest soccer legend who hails from Kent, Washington.  She attended John F. Kennedy High School where she was a standout player, twice named a Parade High School All-American.  She spent her college career at the University of Portland where she was named an NSCAA All American and played at two NCAA Final Four tournaments.  She also played for the US U-21 National Team and World Cup Residency Camp.  In 2000, Michelle won a silver medal at the Olympic games in Sydney.  She has coached at the youth, high school and collegiate levels and spent more than four seasons as a player with the Seattle Sounders Women team before being named head coach.

Michelle recently commented on the team’s plan to help “kick” cancer!

“We have the opportunity to use the platform created through the success of our team to not only raise awareness, but also garner unconditional love and hope for Sounders Women supporters. What an incredible connection we will be able to create between our team and fans as we celebrate and join the fight to “kick” cancer!”

 

The Seattle Sounders Women is part of the W-League and was founded in 2001.  In addition to the talents of Michelle French, the team has an amazing roster that features five players with National Team Experience including defender Stephanie Cox, forwards Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Single tickets are still available for tonight’s game.  Come out and support the new partnership of glassybaby, Seattle Sounders Women and the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund of Swedish Medical Center.  Besides watching world-class women’s soccer, you’ll be helping to “kick” cancer!  glassybaby will be available to purchase at the game.  Please stop by and say hello to our glassybaby team!  Not attending the game?  You can always purchase the ‘grass’ glassybaby online at glassybaby.com.