Join FC Raiders, Twist Out Cancer, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Kicking Out Cancer


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Contact:  Jenna Benn, Founder of Twist Out Cancer


Join FC Raiders, Twist Out Cancer, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in Kicking Out Cancer!

May 4, 2012, Chicago…On Tuesday May 15th, Twist Out Cancer, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and FC Raiders will be holding its first “Kick Out Cancer” event.

Raiders FC U17 Premier (currently ranked #1 in Illinois, #1 in Region II and #6 Nationally) will be playing against Galaxy SC 94/95 Blue (ranked #4 in Illinois, #7 in Region II and #42 Nationally) in a Midwest Regional League match that will also serve as a charity soccer match.  All proceeds will benefit Twist Out Cancer and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Amazing Race Winners, Ernie Halvorson and Cindy Chiang Halvorsen will be leading the twist with Twist Out Cancer during the ½ time show and signing autographs.  Ernie and Cindy traveled the world with Ethan Zohn, winner of the television show and two time Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor. Ethan is currently recovering from a second stem cell transplant and is involved in both Twist Out Cancer and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The Reason:

In May 2011, Noreen Karadsheh (head athletic trainer of Raiders FC U17 Premier) was diagnosed with Stage IIb Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After six months of intense and invasive treatment, Noreen is currently in remission. In order to honor her journey and celebrate her health, all proceeds of the event will go towards charities that are close to her heart.

The Charities:

Twist Out Cancer is a support community…with a twist! Founded by 30-year-old Grey Zone Lymphoma survivor Jenna Benn, TOC leverages social media to help survivors and their loved ones combat the feelings of isolation, loneliness, and helplessness that often accompany cancer diagnoses and treatment. TOC provides a forum through which anyone affected by cancer can share thoughts, experiences, stories, and insights, allowing for the exchange of ideas, encouragement, and wisdom from one community member to another. Most importantly, each survivor is invited to create a profile page distinguishing his or her individual “twist” on cancer. This “twist” becomes a collection of videos, posts, songs, pictures, or other media gifted to the survivor by his or her loved ones and friends—it is a living, changing, active, and personalized digital legacy that encourages loved ones to give, and survivors to share. Twist Out Cancer has the power to affect how we fight and heal, and change the way our community provides support.  To watch Jenna and Noreen Twist Out Cancer- click here.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

When:  Tuesday May 15, 2012

7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Who:  Raiders FC U17 Premier vs. Galaxy SC 94/95 Blue (Midwest Regional League match), Twist Out Cancer, LLS

Where:  Flames Field, 901 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608

Cost:  $5 admission, $2 for children 12 and under.  To purchase tickets online go to

Twist Out Cancer is a support community…with a twist on cancer.