Two young childhood cancer warriors are taking their love of college football to the next level to raise money for families battling pediatric cancer. Joshua Chambers, age 6, and Isaac Gogel, age 17, share a lot in common. Both are childhood cancer survivors. Both are huge college football fans. Their taste in teams couldn’t be further apart though. Chambers was a huge inspiration to several players on the 2014 National Championship Ohio State Buckeyes football team. Gogel, is a die hard University of Michigan fan. The two have decided to take their rivalry into the spotlight in hopes of raising $10,000 for families battling pediatric cancer in partnership with Be Brave Foundation.
The month long fundraiser is simple. Which teams’ fan base can raise more money to support families. If Ohio State fans raise more, then Gogel will have to wear an Ohio State jersey while watching his beloved Michigan team play Ohio State in November. If Michigan raises more money, then young Joshua will have to wear a Michigan jersey while his Buckeyes play Michigan. Both understand that even if their team comes up short, they still win by helping families going through the same nightmare that each of them has had to.
Launched on September 1, the two have already raised over $3,500. Current and past players form both teams have engaged on social media, and former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner and NFL veteran Charles Woodson contributed $500 to the challenge. Be Brave Foundation is keeping a running scoreboard on the donation page for the fundraiser showing amounts raised. To donate visit: http://www.BeBraveFoundation.org/the-game.html.
About Be Brave Foundation: In February 2013, Mina and Jeremy Chambers’ son, Joshua, was diagnosed with very high-risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). The outpouring of support from friends and strangers led the Chambers family to establish the Be Brave Foundation, which supports the families of pediatric cancer patients with financial assistance. In addition, Gadget Grants provide new or gently used iPads, tablets, handheld gaming systems, and laptops to give young patients a distraction. Joshua has been cancer-free since June 2013. In the first 12 months of operation, the Be Brave Foundation raised nearly $100,000 and supported more than 150 Central Florida children and families affected by pediatric cancer.