BY ERIC HOSHAW
The Trenton Girls Soccer Team held its annual charity game on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, against Gibraltar Carlson, in support of the ChadTough Foundation and Smiles for Sophie Forever.
The team wore orange shirts in honor of Chad Carr, the son of Jason and Tammi Carr, who passed away in 2015 after courageously battling a brain tumor, known as DIPG. He was an active boy who loved sports and the color orange.
ChadTough and SFSF are focused on raising awareness for brain cancer, helping families affected by this disease and helping raise funds for research in search of a cure.
The announcer introduced the representatives from ChadTough and Smiles for Sophie Forever, Chad’s mother, Tammi Carr, and Sophie’s grandmother, Susie Miklaski, who were presented with donation checks by Coach Mike Hatfield.
The players were then introduced with a special guest they had invited — a person who has inspired them in their lives — or shared a memory or story about a cancer survivor or someone who has passed away that has significantly impacted them.
“I followed Tammi Carr’s blog probably the last six months of Chad Carr’s life. That is how I became familiar with the ChadTough organization,” said Bill Wilson, vice-president of the Trenton Girls Soccer Boosters.
“One of our other board members, Kellie Teska, remembered a girl that passed away that had a Trenton connection. After searching, we discovered their organization to be Smiles For Sophie Forever. Both organizations are named in honor of their children, Chad Carr and Sophie Quayle, respectively.”
Smiles for Sophie Forever was created in memory of Sophie Quayle, daughter of Marc and Emily Quayle, who also died after a battle with DIPG, in 2007. SFSF is also promoting awareness for brain cancer, helping families financially that are affected by this disease and funding research efforts.
The Boosters and the Trenton Girls Varsity team conducted a bottle drive in February to raise funds for these two organizations. The Boosters also received a few personal donations and funds from a few businesses that were aware of the project.
“We were able to donate $2,185 total to ChadTough and SFSF. We also received $300 in gift cards from Meijer that was donated to their organizations. We are very pleased with the support we received from the community.” stated Wilson.
Visit chadtough.org and smilesforsophieforever.org to learn more.