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Instead of just raising funds for new equipment and team uniforms, Elias Delvasto decided to set his sights on an even bigger goal. By teaming up with Red Card Cancer, a program that unites the global soccer community together toward the goal of finding a cure for cancer, Elias helped ensure that the Woodstock High School Wolverines were playing for more than just a winning score.
Over the course of the past season, the team designated eight games as Red Card Cancer matches. Through donations collected during each game, and the sale of over 90 Red Card Cancer t-shirts, Elias’s efforts successfully raised over $2,000 towards cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The funds raised will go directly into cancer research, including towards the work of scientists at the Kimmel Cancer Center who focus on discovering new, effective cancer treatments from already existing drugs. To facilitate this research and benefit patients as quickly as possible, Hopkins established a comprehensive Drug Library including nearly 2,900 pharmaceutical drugs, allowing scientists to test specific drugs for their effectiveness at halting, or even reversing, the growth of certain types of cancer. The results of these tests have been astounding, both in their implications for treating, and ultimately curing, patients and for reducing the financial burden patients face by repurposing older drugs whose costly patents have expired.
Above and beyond the critical funds raised for cancer research, Elias and the Wolverines have helped spread the word about Red Card Cancer throughout Cherokee County, in Georgia. In fact, word spread so quickly that the majority of the funds collected actually came from family, friends, and community members that had not even attended the games!
Thanks to the hard work and commitment of Elias and the Wolverines, the dedicated researchers and clinicians at Johns Hopkins are one step closer to giving cancer the red card.
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