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‘Charging For a Cure’; Carroll girls soccer team raises money to help fight breast cancer

Carroll Captain Ella Theard
Carroll Captain Ella Theard(wpta)
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 4:17 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - One captain on Carroll’s girl’s soccer team is helping to fight breast cancer with a personal connection.

Captains of the team and their head coach presented a big check to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and the Vera Bradley Foundation.

Carroll soccer captain Ella Theard’s Aunt Tiffany was diagnosed with breast cancer just over a year ago.

“She also just started chemo, so it’s really hard on her and our family. She’s always in our prayers,” Theard said.

Aunt Tiffany was in attendance at this year’s soccer game during the annual fundraiser. Theard says she’ll help her aunt fight in any way she can.

“I know many cancer patients feel like they’re alone in these situations and have nobody so, I think doing this with my team shows that we’re there for them and they have a voice standing behind them,” Theard said.

Carroll High School hosts “Charging For A Cure” at the beginning of each season. Players raise money, decorate the stadium, and help with a silent auction. They also each select someone to honor during the game. For Theard, the choice was easy, Aunt Tiffany.

“They’re never alone in these situations and they always have supporters,” Theard said.

They have the support of Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and the Vera Bradley Foundation.

“They do research, we do care,” Development Director at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana Stacey Stumpf. “We want to make sure nobody feels alone and I feel like they’ve joined the team to fight cancer.”

“Every year we’re pushing to be better than last year and this is just something within our community that we can help each other with,” Captain Maddy Welker said.

“That’s what we teach is all about family and this is one more example,” Head Coach Rick Smith said.

Theard’s family will continue the fight and they have an entire team behind them, “Charging For A Cure.”

“I plan to take part in activities like these to where we can help to fundraise for research or for just cancer in general,” Theard said.

The team helped raise $7,200 dollars this year, the most money they’ve ever raised. They’ve been doing this for about a decade and in total have donated $25,000 dollars to help fight breast cancer.

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