Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) Commends the UNCW Women’s Soccer Team For their Support of 7-year-old with Brain Cancer

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Following reports of a UNCW sports team’s support of a young girl with brain cancer, VABC releases a statement commending the team

On September 13, 2012, nonprofit organization Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) released a statement commending the UNCW women’s soccer team in their efforts to support a 7-year-old girl battling brain cancer.

According to Nadine Maeser, NBC reporter, “The UNCW women's soccer team has added Baylee Adkins to the roster this year.” The 7-year-old Adkins was diagnosed with brain cancer this past June and was later matched with the UNCW soccer team thanks to the national foundation Friends of Jaclyn. “The purpose of the foundation is to help improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families by pairing them with college and high school athletic teams,” stated Maeser. After being told that Adkins would need to undergo surgery due to her cancer not responding to chemotherapy, she and the soccer team received good news. Doctors found that the cancer began to die and told Baylee instead of surgery, she would instead undergo another round of chemotherapy. As a result, Adkins is now able to attend the team’s soccer match instead of preparing to undergo surgery. The team hopes to start a fund to cover Adkins’s medical costs, reports Maeser.

VABC representative, Clay Darrohn, stated, “VABC commends the efforts of the UNCW women’s soccer team in their support of Baylee Adkins. We recognize how vital it is for those affected by this devastating disease to receive support and for the team to selflessly support this young girl they just met is truly inspiring. We’re extremely pleased that Baylee’s perseverance has served as an inspiration to the team as well.”

Voices Against Brain Cancer has a wide variety of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. Their research grants fund cutting-edge research programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. VABC currently funds research at several esteemed institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Yale, to name a few.

Voices Against Brain Cancer’s mission is to help find for a cure for brain cancer and brain tumors by building up scientific research, maximizing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers affected by this horrible disease. If you want more information please go to: voicesagainstbraincancer.org.


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