The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gives Blood Cancers a “Red Card”

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gives Blood Cancers a ‘Red Card’ with First-Ever LLS Soccerfest

CBS “Survivor” Winner and Cancer Survivor Ethan Zohn Hosts May 18 Event in the South Bronx

White Plains, N.Y. (April 30, 2014) – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announced today it will host the first-ever LLS Soccerfest on May 18 from 12-5 p.m. in the South Bronx (NYC). The event enlists the power of soccer to shine a spotlight and educate the Hispanic community on blood cancers.

LLS Soccerfest will be the culminating event for 2014 Bronx Week. CBS “Survivor” winner, two-time lymphoma survivor and former professional soccer player Ethan Zohn will be on hand as the master of ceremonies for LLS Soccerfest. In addition, professional soccer teams will lend support, with guest appearances from members of the New York Red Bulls, DC United and the Philadelphia Union (MLS), the NY Cosmos (NASL), Skyblue FC (NWSL), as well as legendary US Soccer and Mexican national team players.

This inspiring day will include soccer demonstrations, clinics, small sided games, meet & greets and autograph sessions with players, along with music, food vendors, family activities, street soccer jugglers, swabbing stations to become bone marrow donors, and more.

“The global power that soccer has to educate and inspire change around the world is being brought to the South Bronx to help this amazing community learn about blood cancers and healthy lifestyle choices,” said Zohn. “I am honored to be part of such an incredible event using the sport that has given me so much, to raise awareness for LLS, the need to find blood cancer cures and help patients get the treatments they need,” Zohn continued. “It’s time we give cancer a red card.”

“This event is important for LLS as we continue our efforts to reach the Latino community,” explained LLS Interim President & CEO and Chief Mission Officer, Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D. “Outreach is vital because we know that, in children and adolescents under the age of 20, leukemia rates are highest among Hispanics. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients, and we are committed to expanding our educational and access programs tailored to the Hispanic population.”

Families can register their children and learn more about LLS Soccerfest by logging on to

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