The 9th Annual Mike Metcalfe 30 Hour Soccer Marathon for Cancer kicks off once again

CALGARY – Mike Metcalfe, cancer survivor and community philanthropist and his friends will kick off 30 straight hours of soccer at the Calgary Soccer Centre. The event kicks off  Friday, November 2, at 4 pm and runs straight through until Saturday, November 3 at 10 pm.

The Soccer Marathon began in the fall of 2004 after Mike was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Mike’s friends rallied together after watching him endure over 500 hours of chemotherapy and treatment for his cancer. Since Mike is an avid soccer player, the concept of a 30 hour soccer marathon seemed fitting.

Over the past eight years the event has raised over $450,000 for Calgary Health Trust towards the purchase of cancer-related diagnostic and treatment equipment for the Foothills Hospital and had more than 6400 participants play over 270 hours of soccer.  This year the event will raise money for Calgary Health Trust to purchase a FotoFinder dermoscope for individuals at high risk for malignant melanoma. The machine photographs, analyses, scores and save images of the moles and means that abnormal moles can be detected quickly and any changes monitored.

Media are invited to attend the Soccer Marathon. Mike Metcalfe will be on site all weekend.

WHEN:             Friday, November 2, 2012 (4 pm kickoff) toSaturday, November 3, 2012 until 10 pm

WHERE:           Calgary Soccer Centre

ADDRESS:       7000 - 48 Street SE

Calgary Health Trust, a catalyst in health care philanthropy, connects donor passion with treatment, education and research priorities in the Calgary community. The incredible generosity of our donors has helped to raise more than $330 million for health care since 1996. These funds help advance technologies, programs and services at Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, Women’s Health, Carewest continuing care centres, community health programs, the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine and other health care organizations in our community. For information on Calgary Health Trust, please go to www.calgaryhealthtrust.ca.

For more information, contact:            

Mike Metcalfe

Chair, 30 Hour Soccer Marathon                                                 

1-778-874-6131

mike.metcalfe@telus.com                     

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Calgary Health Trust connects donor passions with health care needs. Together we are touching lives in our community every day by raising funds for enhanced technology, programs and services at the Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital, Women’s Health, Carewest continuing care centres and other community health programs and facilities. For information on Calgary Health Trust, visit www.calgaryhealthtrust.ca.

Quick facts

The 30 Hour Soccer Marathon has raised over $450,000 for cancer treatments.
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Mike was diagnosed with testicular cancer and endured over 500 hours of chemotherapy and treatments.
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Over the last eight years, more than 6400 participants have played over 270 hours of soccer
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