It started when Dominic Runghen was diagnosed with cancer at 3 years old and became the inspiration behind a soccer fest started by his parents in 2007 to raise funds for childhood cancer. When Dominic's friend, Dejah Milne was also diagnosed with cancer the community rallied together. Dominic won his fight with cancer but unfortunately Dejah did not.
The loss of so many children like Dejah reminds us why we must continue to fund childhood cancer research. Today, Dominic is a healthy and avid soccer player and is confirmation that the research is leading to innovative treatments that are saving lives.
The Michael Cuccione Foundation came on board with the soccer fest and the Kick For A Cure was born.
Diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the age of nine, Michael Cuccione pledged to make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer. He accomplished much in his short life and won his battle with cancer but passed away at the age of 16 due to side effects from his treatments. Michael imagined a world without childhood cancer and from his vision of hope the Michael Cuccione Foundation was established over 25 years ago and now funds the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program.