In the last few weeks, a couple members of the Revolution have been hit by hardship. On April 8, the team announced that 24-year-old defender Kevin Alston had been diagnosed with Leukemia, then, a week later, the father-in-law of goalkeeper Matt Reis was among those seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Now, while Alston continues to receive treatment for his cancer, and while Reis' father-in-law remains hospitalized after being upgraded from critical to serious condition, the club is looking to raise money on behalf of both causes. The New England Revolution Charitable Foundation has opened a memorabilia auction at biddingforgood.com, with all proceeds to be donated to the One Fund Boston and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The auction is available here, and will feature items from last Saturday’s match against the Philadelphia Union. Bidding is open now through noon on May 7.
Going directly to the One Fund will be money raised on bids for a team-autographed 2013 BAA Boston Marathon white medical staff jacket, a Chris Tierney-autographed 2013 BAA Boston Marathon yellow volunteer jacket, and a Jay Heaps-autographed 2013 BAA Boston Marathon blue manager jacket.
Money bid on autographed jerseys worn during the Union match, all featuring an orange leukemia awareness ribbons, will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Up for bid are Reis' black No. 1 goalkeeper jersey, Bobby Shuttleworth's black No. 22 goalie jersey, as well as the navy jerseys of these players:
- Jerry Bengtson’s (game-worn) #27
- Scott Caldwell’s (game-worn) #6
- Kalifa Cisse’s (game-worn) #4
- Andrew Farrell’s (game-worn) #2
- Diego Fagundez’s (game-worn) #14
- Jose Goncalves’ (game-worn) #23
- Ryan Guy’s (game-worn) #13
- Stephen McCarthy’s (game-worn) #15
- Lee Nguyen’s (game-worn) #24
- Kelyn Rowe’s (game-worn) #11
- Saer Sene’s (game-worn) #39
- Chris Tierney’s (game-worn) #8
- Andy Dorman’s #12
- Darrius Barnes’ #25
- Sainey Nyassi’s #17
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