Pablo Mastroeni at Soccer Kicks Cancer event
Barry Gutierrez / Flashes of Hope

Mastroeni supports Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

In support of Soccer Kicks Cancer, Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni recently visited pediatric cancer patients at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian / St. Luke’s as part of a Flashes of Hope photo session by photographer Barry Guitierrez.

From the official site: Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research.

The portraits, taken by award-winning photographers, help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it. For families of terminally ill children, it's especially important to have a portrait that preserves forever the beauty, grace and dignity of their child.

Founded by a 10-year old cancer patient, our Kick-It program raises money for children’s cancer research. Cancer remains the leading disease killer of children in the United States and our goal to kick cancer out of EVERY childhood! For more information, please visit

Our goal is to photograph every child until every child is cured.

The month of September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, proclaimed as a month that "we remember the young lives taken too soon, stand with the families facing childhood cancer today, and rededicate ourselves to combating this terrible illness."

Last year MLS W.O.R.K.S. - Major League Soccer's community outreach initiative - launched the Soccer Kicks Cancer campain to focus on raising awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment, and, providing strength and hope in the fight against cancer affecting men, women and children. The League and its teams will also participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and Movember in November.