Family and friends were setting up for a day full of soccer games in remembrance of loved ones touched by cancer.
Saturday kicks off the Stefan Pierson Memorial Soccer Tournament.
22-year-old Stefan Pierson died last year after fighting bone cancer for 3 and a half years. He was an avid soccer player and dreamed of going to the World Cup. Because he was too old to qualify for the Make a Wish Foundation, a friend created a crowd funding campaign, which sent Pierson to the 2014 games.
The Pierson family created a foundation to keep his legacy going, called Conquer the Day. The family hopes to give back to young people with cancer, making sure they can live life to the fullest like Stefan.
Don Pierson says his son had an upbeat attitude despite his diagnosis.
“He would get his tell his doctors, ‘Hey give me a brace, I’m going to go out skiing’ and they’d say, ‘Well you’re not really supposed to do that,’ but he did. Or he’d ask if he could get a special bandage so he could go water skiing or jet skiing, and conquer the day,” Don Pierson said.
28 teams have signed up for the competition, playing in honor a number of individuals impacted by cancer. It’ll be going on all day Saturday at the University of Vermont’s Virtue Field.