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Soccer Tournament to Benefit Local Kid Fighting Cancer

Erick Rivas was diagnosed with spinal cord cancer on Dec. 7.

Contribute by Kathleen Ulrich:

Santa Cruz County FC Revolution board members, teams, and families will host a fundraiser soccer tournament this weekend, Dec. 15 and 16 for Erick Rivas, a Santa Cruz soccer player who has been diagnosed with cancer. 

Erick is an 11-year-old soccer player who loves the game of soccer. He has been playing all his life. Erick’s father, Belseth, is a devoted and well-loved youth soccer coach in Santa Cruz and vice–president of FC Revolution Soccer Club. In recent months, Erick has been losing weight and complaining of aches and pains. His mother has had to reduce her work hours to care for Erick and take him back and forth to doctor’s appointments.

Friday night, Dec. 7, Erick and his family received diagnosis of spinal cord cancer. Testing is continuing at Lucille Packard’s Children’s Hospital (Stanford). Due to this sudden and devastating diagnosis, his mother will not be able to work, and his father may only be able to work part time at best. They will stay by Erick’s side during this difficult time.

“This is the sweetest, most hard-working family," longtime family friend and board member Margaret Price said. "Belseth has devoted hundreds of volunteer hours to the community. I know the Santa Cruz soccer community will come together to help the family.”

FC Revolution is hosting the fundraiser this weekend to get needed funds to the family before holiday camps and tournaments make the fields unavailable. Teams entering the tournament are asked to donate $200 - $400 per team (or $20 - $40 per player). Tournament organizers have set a goal of three games per team. Bounce houses will be available for younger children. All proceeds from concession stands are going to benefit the family. Raffle tickets will be sold by the soccer players. Donations of prizes are welcome. 

“Erick is so brave and such a great kid," said Judy Lee, whose son plays soccer with Erick. "The diagnosis is devastating, but Erick is young. We’re all just praying for a miracle. The goal of the tournament is to provide some needed financial support for the family and to let Erick know that the Santa Cruz Soccer Community stands with him as he fights the battle of his young life."

More information about ways to donate and updated schedule of field locations and game times can be found on the tournament website. Anyone interested can also erickrivasfundraiser@yahoo.com

Lorenzo "Shorty" Magana December 14, 2012 at 02:12 PM
The Santa Cruz Soccer Community is an example to followed , support and youth soccer organizations like AYSO, North Cal and South CAl among the biggest in the world should have a tournament like State Cup nation wide to raised money in a national fund to support Ricky Rivas and other kids affected by other health disease through their youth soccer participation. Why wait ? Youth soccer leadership needs to come together , be prepare , and show support . So, let's put soccer differences aside and put our strength together and show the world why soccer is the MOST played and popular sport in the world. Former WHS Wildcatz player , Cabrillo, Hartnell , San Francisco State , and San Francisco Bkackhawks , and Salinas men's player. www.maganasicceracademy.com
Kayla December 15, 2012 at 07:44 AM
this little boy happens to be a friend of mines nephew. I give my prayers to him and his family. I wish I had the financials to help this little boy. This little boy is my friends favorite nephew and has been with and will be with him every day she can. Please pray for this family and his family.

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