Seattle Sounder Defender Zach Scott is a big fan of Explorer West 6th grader Avery Berg. Zach and his wife, Alana, became fast friends with Avery and her family years ago. “Kristie and Joe Berg embraced us as brothers and sisters would, while blessing us with the opportunity to become Uncle and Auntie to their daughters, Alana and Avery,” said Zach.
After Avery’s diagnosis of a very rare and aggressive brain tumor, Zach and Alana joined the Bergs in raising awareness and funds for research for pediatric brain tumors. Over $150,000 was raised from The Run Of Hope and donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
On Wednesday, March 1, retired Sounder Zach Scott will lace up his boots one last time to further these efforts. Fans are invited to Seattle’s Memorial Stadium to enjoy a “testimonial match” played by Zach and his friends. Testimonials are a long-standing tradition in soccer culture. These special matches are held to honor a particular player for his or her service to the club.
Pediatric cancer currently receives only 4% of the national budget spent on cancer research and development. “Seattle has always shown me and my family such love. I urge you to do something amazing and continue to support families that face these devastating realities. It could be any of us,” said Zach.
A portion of proceeds from ticket sales and the in-match auction will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund run by Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Thank you for helping Zach Scott bring awareness to pediatric brain tumors and #AwesomeAvery.
As Avery would say, “You are the difference makers.”