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Soccer fund-raiser to help Children’s Hospital

Sarah Foote (left) and Marissa Medema are organizing a fun soccer tournament as a fund-raiser for the Children's Hospital in Calgary.

Sarah Foote (left) and Marissa Medema are organizing a fun soccer tournament as a fund-raiser for the Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

Two teenage organizers of a Fort Macleod fund-raiser had the pleasant chore last week of finding a new recipient of the money.
Sarah Foote, 14, and Marissa Medema, 15, have a family soccer tournament planned for Monday, Sept. 7.
They were raising money to help pay for surgery for a 23-month-old girl who has the rare genetic disease larynx cleft, which is the separation of the trachea and esophagus.
Elin Valk also has tracheabronchomalacle, a condition that prevents her trachea from staying open when she breathes.
Elin is scheduled for surgery that will correct the conditions and improve her life, but the procedure in a Swiss hospital will cost about $110,000.
Last week, Sarah and Marissa learned insurance will help Elin’s family fund the surgery.
With fund-raising that has already been done the Valks, who live in the Netherlands and have a connection to the Medema family, have enough money to pay for surgery.
So Sarah and Marissa have decided to donate the proceeds from their soccer tournament to the Children’s Hospital in Calgary.
Sarah and Marissa, who are both going into Grade 10 at F.P. Walshe school, are organizing a soccer tournament for Monday, Sept. 7 at the fields just off 12th Street in Fort Macleod.
The $50 team registration fee includes lunch and a minimum number of games that depends on the number of teams that sign up.
Teams of five will play 30-minute games, with players of all ages welcome. Families are encouraged to enter as teams.
Teams will be matched against others of similar age and skill levels, with an emphasis on participation and fun.
Registration is accepted at or by calling the Medemas at 403-553-4963. Donations are also welcome.

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