Sporting KC helps fight childhood cancer

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Sporting Kansas City continues to help the fight childhood cancer through its charity called The Victory Project. At each home game, a child battling cancer is chosen and celebrated as the "Champion" of the match. The "Champion" gets an all access pass; gets to meet players, gets autographs and gets to watch the game from a special seat in the Victory Suite.

On May 8, 2012, eight-year-old Joseph Serati was selected at the match "Champion."

"The best part was probably going down on the field, meeting all the players," said Serati.  "It was the best night at a soccer field I've ever had."

Serati is huge sporting kc fan and spent the day before the MLS All-Star game watching the all-stars practice. However, he couldn't stop smiling as he explained everything he got to do thanks to the Victory Project.

Going to Sporting KC games is nothing new for Serati and his family, they have season tickets. However, when the Serati family got to Sporting Park, Joseph got the ultimate soccer surprise.

"They handed me this little sheet, and I read and I was like what? And then all the sudden they were like you are in the victory suite. I was like yes! I was jumping up and down on my seat, it was really funny," said Serati.

In Dec. 2012, Joseph was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. His Mother, Julie Serati says that news rocked the family to the core.

"Initially it was absolutely devastating," said Serati.   "He's our baby, the baby of the family, he has two older sisters that mother him almost as much as I do."

Joseph is currently in treatment at children’s mercy hospital and his mother says he's in maintenance treatment.

"It's a two-year process that is a lot less stringent than the last eight months," said Julie Serati.

During the game, Joseph was on the jumbo tron and despite a Sporting KC loss, several players came up to the Victory Suite to hang out with the eight year old super fan.

"For him to have that experience and to meet the players, touch the grass and be behind the scenes and really feel like he was a part of the sporting family, couldn't put a price tag on it," said Julie Serati.

During each home, there are several collection centers around the stadium and one hundred percent of that goes directly to help kids with cancer. So far this season, The Victory Project has collected more than $15,000.

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