Soccer vs. Cancer set for Sept. 24


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



WARRENSVILLE — In what has become a beloved and heart-warming tradition, Ashe County soccer fans will come together as one on Saturday, Sept. 24 to help someone in the community that has been battling cancer.

This year, the Ashe County Youth Soccer League will kickoff its eighth annual Soccer vs. Cancer game day at Blue Ridge Elementary School at 11 a.m. with all 25 of the youth soccer teams playing throughout the day to raise money for Noah Woods.

Noah, 5, is the son of Bill and Michelle Woods. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Jan. 8 of this year.

“The most difficult part of Noah’s treatment is watching him and his journey of not understanding what is going on and why he has to do some of the required things,” said Bill.

Seeing someone battle cancer hits home for so many people in the area, and the Woods family is certainly no different.

“Being told your child has cancer is something I find very hard to describe. It truly shakes the foundation of who you are and can test you beyond belief,” Bill said.

While Noah continues to fight the disease as hard as he can, the family also has to deal with the physical and emotional drain that comes with being by their son’s side through all of it.

“We try to stay active and eat well to keep ourselves healthy so we can care for him. We are very fortunate to have the support of many friends and family members,” said Bill. “Above all, our faith has gotten us past the dark times. We have learned to take one day at a time and to find the blessings hidden in the hardship.”

During the day, pizza, barbecue, burgers, hotdogs and desserts will be available to enjoy the fun day of soccer. Another attraction this year will be the Coaches vs. All-Stars game at 3:45 p.m. that will see the players get to take on their coaches with some future bragging rights on the line.

Fans can also make donations that will give them chances to win prices that will be given away at the Ashe County Youth Soccer Tournament coming up in October.

For more information on the event, feel free to call Dianne Eldreth at 336-384-4527 or e-mail Peggy Sturgill at [email protected]

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.

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By Nathan Ham

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