The new partnership between Sounders Women, Swedish Medical Center and glassybaby was officially launched on May 31st at the Sounders Women home opener in Seattle. Just before kick off against the Colorado Rush, each of the Seattle Sounder Women gifted a ‘grass’ glassybaby to some very special fans who 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.
After the ceremony, Kris Forth, Brandon’s mom and founder of Brandon’s Goal Foundation, was approached by a 20 year old woman who was diagnosed with melanoma at age 14. She shared her story with Kris and told her how exciting it was to learn about the partnership and be at the game for the gifting of the glassybaby. When Kris learned that this young woman is currently battling her 8th brain tumor, she gave her the grass glassybaby which had just been given to her by a Sounder Player. Kris said, “I gave her my glassybaby and told her you guys would want her to have it. You’re reaching a lot of people!”
It’s this kind of generosity, love, and light the partnership hopes to bring to all those who need it.
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.
photos courtesy of Jane Gershovich/Sounderswomen.com