The Union held Pediatric Cancer Awareness Night when the defeated Chicago Fire 3-1. Throughout pre-game and post-match, both team put out efforts to help kick childhood cancer, and here are some of the best moments throughout the night.
Union x Kickasso
During warm-ups, 15 first-team players were wearing special cleats just for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Night. Those 15 players teamed up with 15 children affected by pediatric cancer, and together, they created a special pair of boots for every player. Those boots were sent away to Troy Cole, also known as Kickasso, who then brought the drawings to life. Each child was on hand to see their players wear the cleats they designed together in warmups. Alejandro Bedoya even wore his during the match against the Fire. Following the match, each player autographed a boot and had an exchange with their child, so they will remember the night forever. To see all of the cleats, click here.
The Union had special Kickasso themed merch at the match as well. The "savage" shirts were on sale at the Union shop, and a portion of all proceeds went to Alex's Lemonade Stand. Following the match, Kickasso made the shirts available on his site as well, with proceeds still going to Alex's Lemonade Stand.
The Union, in order to bring awareness to pediatric cancer, gave everything the gold treatment at Talen Energy Stadium. Both nets were made gold, along with the four corner flags. MLS had a gold game ball for the match, and both teams wore a gold captain's band and gold ribbon patches on their jerseys.
Both team's wore special Kick Childhood Cancer warm-up and procession shirts, but the Union added a something extra for the shirt. Every player had the initials of "DL," for Dominic Liples, a Union fan who passed away due to pediatric cancer in December. John McCarthy was the only player who didn't have Dominic's initials, as he had the initials "CM" for Cameron McCarthy, a child he grew close with during her fight and defeat of pediatric cancer.
Alex's Lemonade Stand and Kisses for Kyle
Out on the Toyota Plaza before the match, the Union hosted two organizations aiming to bring awareness for pediatric cancer research. Alex's Lemonade Stand is a national philanthropy dedicated to eradicating pediatric cancer, while Kisses for Kyle is fighting the same fight regionally in the Delaware Valley. The two organizations talked with fans out on the Toyota Plaza and helped bring awareness to ending childhood cancer.