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M-Soccer Program Aids Worthy Cause

 

Kevin Alston with volunteers72.jpgOn Saturday, June 8, representatives from the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer program participated in the Be The Match bone marrow drive at Gillette Stadium.  The Be The Match Registry and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society set up tables inside the stadium to stage their respective drives.  Also involved was 25-year-old New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston, who has been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), a treatable form of leukemia. Alston was on hand to sign bobble heads for fans and later had his photograph taken with the Eastern contingent. The Eastern personnel set up at the entrance to the stadium and handed out information related to registering as a bone marrow donor. Eastern athletes and coaches have been active in the Be The Match program since 2012 senior men's soccer player Jon DeCasanova was diagnosed with aplastic anemia last summer. In above photo from left: Eastern sophomore Zane Lombardo, senior Mike Radlbeck, Ricky Newball, sophomore Arman Karbassioon, Alston, Tyler Belfleur, Karen Plante and husband Don Plante. Karen is Jon DeCasanova's mother and Don is Jon's stepfather. The 15-year-old Belfleur, was "drafted" as a permanent member of the Eastern men's soccer program this past spring. A native of Canterbury, Belfleur continues his recovery from a brain injury sustained in an ATV accident a year ago.

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