For five years now, children dealing with the struggle of cancer have been given one day to get away from it all and enjoy themselves.The fifth annual Kick for Kancer soccer day camp was held this past weekend in Whitehall Township. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley sponsored event aims to give those suffering with, or related to someone suffering with, cancer a chance to kick back and enjoy soccer.

But the event not only works to help the youngsters, but also their parents as manicures and poker games were set up for the parents to enjoy while their children were running drills and playing games on the fields.

This year some of the Quakertown Soccer Club's athletes had a chance to come and volunteer part of their weekend to help those in need.

"We serve the whole family," said Executive Director Nicole Ronco. "It is recreational in setup, but is more about team-work, friendship and socialization."

"Ed [Scholl] was so embracing of the idea and put together such a wonderful team," said Ronco about contacting Quakertown's Scholl and asking him to bring some players out to help with the event.

QSC player Colin Mclaughlin enjoyed volunteering his time, "It is fun for them. They get to enjoy soccer which they usually don't get to play."

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