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Reading United A.C. to Host Weekend Charity Event for Local Toddler

Jun 16, 2017 • by Reading United AC
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The Reading United Fun League continues its 12th season with another exciting charity event and soccer match.  This weekend (June 17), we seek to raise funds for a local child fighting an extremely rare disease.

The Reading toddler Camden Martinez was born with gastroschisis. It’s a birth defect in the abdominal wall that makes a child’s intestines outside the body. Doctors sewed up the hole in his belly, and things appeared to be on the upswing. A year later, they planned another surgery near his midsection, this time to remove a cancerous tumor that had grown to the size of a baseball.

His mother, Diana Nguyen, continues the fight with her son. Since her baby’s November diagnosis, Nguyen has been at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia more than she’s been home in Reading.  Diana stated “Camden now diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer continues to fight for his life, just finishing the first part of his bone marrow transplant and now preparing for his second. The family has only just begun their fight against this horrible disease. We ask for you to please come out and show support. I would like to thank Reading United A.C. for their support.”

Reading United A.C. is happy to continue its acclaimed ‘Gives Back’ series to benefit this family.  An exciting charity event will be held on Saturday, June 17th at Exeter’s Don Thomas Stadium, featuring a friendly soccer match between the Reading United Fun League and Reading High Soccer Team.  As part of this friendly game between these teams, Camden will take part of the match’s ceremonial Coin Toss and First Kick.  Also, Fleetwood Senior Aubree Kilp will lead with a singing of the national anthem.

We ask our wonderful Berks County community to support this cause, rally for Camden and his family, and provide monetary donations if able.  One-hundred percent of your generous contributions will be given to Camden and family to help cover much needed medical expenses.

We will have our Reading United A.C. prize wheel where you donate and spin for great prizes. Later that day, Reading United A.C. will face the N.Y. Red Bulls U23s in our annual Kicks Against Cancer game at 7pm. We will be auctioning off special jerseys worn by the players where half the money will go to Red Card Cancer and half to Camden to continue his fight.

John Cusatis, Reading United Director of Community Relations, stated, “We are again thrilled and humbled to continue to be a part of giving back to the Community, as we continue our 12th season with RUFL and our Reading United Gives Back Series.  It is always great to use soccer as a vehicle for helping others and better community awareness.  We are glad to be able to help this great family, who continue to fight against this horrible disease.  I encourage the entire Berks County Community to attend this event on Saturday, June 17th, to help Camden and his family in this time of need.  We continue our crusade to raise awareness for childhood diseases, and have some fun soccer in the process Let’s all kick childhood cancer.”

More information on Camden and his Family:  http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/camden-martinez-is-a-little-fighter

If you are unable to make the event but would still like to donate, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/love-camden-strong

ABOUT READING UNITED AC

Reading United A.C. is the Greater Reading area’s premier minor league soccer team.  Led by the ownership group of Berks Professional Sports, Inc. the club was founded in 1995 as the Reading Rage.  As the club entered its 2010 season a name, logo, and color change was made to better feature the ties to the local and state community as well as the soccer goals of the team and its partners.  Reading United is a Player Development Partner of the Philadelphia Union MLS team.  For more information about Reading United AC, visit www.readingunitedac.com

ABOUT READING UNITED FUN LEAGUE

The Reading United Fun League is a casual, co-ed private league. Our vision is to provide a fun soccer environment with a competitive spirit that focuses its emphasis on building a strong community of soccer players who value the friendship and social aspect of the league and community improvement. RUFL has supported numerous causes including Breast Cancer Support Services Berks County, Angelman’s Foundation, Berks Humane Society, Zach Saint Memorial Scholarship Fund, Officer Michael H. Wise II Memorial Foundation, Officer Scott A. Wertz Memorial Scholarship Fund, and Officer Kyle Pagerly Memorial Fund, Jarett Yoder Memorial Fund and Olivet Boys and Girls Club.  RUFL is affiliated with the Reading United A.C. and SAARA

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