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Columbus Crew SC Turns It Gold

By December 30, 2016 No Comments

The Turn It Gold team had the pleasure this September of partnering with the Columbus Crew SC team to honor children battling childhood cancer. The team hosted a wonderful meet and greet with the players, as well as letting the kids in on a little practice time. The kids got the opportunity to have jerseys signed and hang out and “high five” the players. It was truly inspiring to see athletic activism in action at this event.

One of the most amazing parts of our time with the Columbus Crew was getting to honor two childhood cancer fighters with Bravery Awards. Braxton Long is an eight-year-old boy who was diagnosed two years ago with stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme. He was declared cancer free but has since relapsed with this cancer two more times and is currently in treatment to defeat this monster once again. When we met this sweet and smiling boy it was hard to believe he is in fact fighting for his life. His brave heart and love for others stood out for sure. We enjoyed getting to know his family and presenting Braxton with a Bravery Award was an extreme blessing!

Sean Tibbs is our second honoree. Sean is 13 years old and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2011. He is currently in remission and loves the game of soccer. It was a joy to meet him and also to know that he is enjoying good health enough at this point to be able to play soccer again! Sean has a wonderful outlook on life and defines what it means to “be brave” in the face of such adversity.

Thanks so much to the Columbus Crew SC for allowing the Turn It Gold team incredible player access and the ability to shine a bright light on professional athletes that are using their voice for the good of children battling childhood cancer. We look forward to future endeavors partnering with this team and certainly give thanks for the BRAVE lives of our honorees…..Braxton and Sean.

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