Even with a rainy start to the day, the 2018 Michael Cuccione Foundation ‘Kick for a Cure' proved to be an awesome event again this year raising $182,000! The continued support from partners Alfredo Valente & Sara Maglio from Coquitlam Metro Ford, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Nuvin Runghen made for a perfect day for the thousands of people that participated. Thank you to Bob Lenarduzzi, President of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC who added his own special touch as MC.
Canadian Tire was out in full force offering fun for all the kids at the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Fun Zone. Their generous supply of toys made it like Christmas in July for the kids!! Thank you to all the volunteers and Canadian Tire staff that make this a highlight every year.
The kids enjoyed a soccer clinic and an invitational tournament conducted by Alfredo and Giovanni Valente and had a blast with Canadian Soccer Legend Carl Valentine. Thank you to all the children and families for their participation and pledges.
Onstage Dr. James Lim, Associate Director of the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program (MCCCRP) highlighted the advancements made over the last year and shared the exciting new initiatives going forward. The MCCCRP researchers also put together a soccer team in the adult tournament with plans to participate every year Live Band by Quickness and 2 Scoops Productions DJ provided entertainment throughout the day playing traditional favourites and classic hits.
Congratulations to the Methanex Champions for bringing in the most donations for seven years in a row with over $62,000 this year. Thank you to our Field Sponsor, Immix Group, Fremont Storage and Hardy & Nella from RE/MAX. RBC was a welcome addition to our volunteers this year showing up in full force to count and deposit the money from the day’s events. The beer garden hosted by The Rivers Reach Pub was a huge success with the "big screen" soccer display and Molson Canadian generously donated all the beer. Brown's Social Club went above and beyond supplying burgers for the day, Golden Boot was there for the pasta lovers and Cannoli King offered sumptuous fresh cannoli. McDonald's supplied delicious coffees for everyone with the McCafe truck and friendly staff.
We thank everyone for your heartfelt participation and continued support and we look forward to seeing you there next year on July 6, 2019.