Party, soccer tournament aimed at ‘kicking’ cancer

Special to the Fort Mill TimesApril 22, 2014 

Players in the 2013 Kickin’ It Challenge are signed in to play at Manchester Meadows last year. The festivities this year kick off with a party in Fort Mill.


— Over Mother’s Day weekend, Shana Shivel and Dr. Sarah Morris will be honoring their mothers in the best way: by raising money for and awareness of breast cancer, the disease that took their mothers’ lives.

The Fort Mill soccer moms are hosting the Kickin’ It Challenge: Unite in the Fight with a party and silent auction May 9 at the Anne Springs Close Greenway Dairy Barn in Fort Mill, followed by a youth soccer tournament May 10-11 at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill.

A Kickin’ It Challenge was held last year, too.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” said Shivel, whose schoolteacher mother died in 2008 at age 56. “She believed service to others was important. I do this to honor her memory and pay it forward.”

Proceeds from the events will be donated to Susan G. Komen Charlotte and the Levine Cancer Institute. The majority of the funds will stay in York County, and the goal is to present each charity with a $20,000 check, Shivel said.

The money may go to support a new mobile mammography truck, a convenient way for local women to receive cancer screenings.

Early detection, Shivel said, saves lives. “The earlier you catch it, the better,” she said. “For my mom, it was too late.”

Morris, an OB/GYN practicing in Charlotte, and Shivel, a marketing and graphics professional, came up with the breast-cancer fundraiser on the sidelines of a Manchester Meadows soccer field. Both wanted to build a long-lasting event that would benefit breast-cancer research and women’s wellness in general. They set their plan in motion and gained support along the way.

Nashville recording artist Patrick Davis will headline the kickoff party and silent auction with radio personality Matt Harris of 107.9-FM The Link’s “The Matt and Ramona Show” serving as emcee. The party is an all-you-can-eat-and-drink upscale barbecue.

“We want people to be relaxed and let their hair down,” Shivel said.

The silent auction features a Six Pence Pub Savannah weekend, a five-day stay at the Sugar Ridge Resort in Antigua and a kitchen remodel from New Old, a custom homebuilder.

“Breast cancer is so far-reaching, with your sister, your mother, your grandmother, a friend – that they want to support the cause,” said Shivel, who plans to wear a pink dress to the event.

The youth soccer tournament, under the direction of Discoveries Soccer Club, is open to teams of girls and boys age 8 to 12. Shivel hopes to attract 75 teams.

There were almost 40 teams registered as of last week, with teams traveling from Georgia, North Carolina and the South Carolina coast.

For Morris, 44, the weekend will honor her mother, who encouraged her through the third year of medical school from a Medical University of South Carolina hospital bed, where she was undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma.

The cause is close to Shivel’s heart. The 37-year-old mother of two has lost four family members to breast cancer and has celebrated life with two survivors.

With all proceeds going to breast-cancer care and research, the friends hope future generations of women will not have to face the threat of breast cancer.

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