Point Pleasant, NJ (PRWEB) October 23, 2010
Recently a close friend and soccer colleague of John Merklin, co-founder of East Coast Beer Co. and Beach Haus® Classic American Pilsner, was diagnosed with cancer. Darren Downs, a friend, husband, father, Twin County Soccer Association coach and a Brick, New Jersey native is now in need of help. In an effort to help raise awareness and funds, East Coast Beer Co. is committed to helping the group of volunteers sponsor charitable events, including the upcoming 3K-Fun Run & Fun Walk on October 30, 2010 at 9:00am at soccer fields at Drum Point Sports Complex in Brick New Jersey.
This event, which is hosted by the Twin County Soccer Association (TCSA), is the first of many planned Friends of Darren fundraisers to raise money immediately for Darren Downs and his family. To be a part of this event or volunteer, you can visit the TSCA website at http://www.twincountysoccer.org or call Tom Bell, the TCSA President at 201.344.2535.
“Darren is a close friend of mine and we have been playing soccer together for years,” said John Merklin. “Anything that we can do to help raise awareness and raise money for him and his family during their time of need, we will certainly lend a helping hand.”
Darren has multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow. Multiple myeloma treatment is seeing an explosion in research and new therapies that maximize their effectiveness. Although the shock of his diagnosis is being accepted, the financial impact is just beginning and as one can imagine, the treatments are costly. Inspired by the outpouring of love and the knowledge of the kind of friend, coach, and person Darren is, family and friends formed a team to help Darren meet pressing financial needs. Friends of Darren have secured a bank account and meet regularly to plan fundraisers that will assist Darren and his family cover medical and family expenses as Darren will be out on medical disability.
Born and raised in Brick, New Jersey, Darren is an integral part of the soccer community. He graduated from Brick High School, where he played varsity soccer and is now living in Brick with his family, as well as training teams of all ages to enjoy the sport he himself loves so much. As head coach for his son’s team, the U-17 TC United, and as a player on a local over 40 men’s team for years, he is a devoted advocate for youth sports and the children who participate. His passion for the sport and the community of friends he has developed over the past 4o years has made him very well known and respected in the Jersey shore area.
For more information about the Friends of Darren, visit http://www.twincountysoccer.org.
About East Coast Beer Co.– Established in 2007, Point Pleasant, New Jersey based East Coast Beer Co. (ECBC) was founded by passionate individuals with a belief that the great American traditions of creativity, diversity, and accessibility apply equally to building a great beer company. Pouring onto the scene in Summer 2010, East Coast Beer Co. will release its first Classic American Pilsner (CAP) – Beach Haus, which is crafted to pay homage to those early German-American brewers and the CAP style they created. East Coast Beer Co. will continue to explore and fuel their love of craft beer by cultivating and developing new brews in the future. It’s in the Haus! For more information on ECBC or Beach Haus, visit http://www.beachhausbeer.com.
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