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Celebrating cancer survivor Orlando with Sounders FC

September 26, 2018 / Idaho
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With a smile that lights up a room, you wouldn’t know 9-year-old Orlando, a soccer player and Sounders FC fan, was diagnosed with cancer in August 2017. Fast forward 13 months, Orlando is now in remission. We’ve teamed up with his family, Sounders FC, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska (RMHC) to give him a matchday to remember.

While fighting for his life, Orlando and his family stayed at RMHC, which provides essential services for those receiving treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Through an Uber NW Community Impact Initiative (CII) grant, RMHC received $10,000 in donated Uber rides to help families get to and from the airport, attend crucial doctors’ appointments, and more.

To kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month on September 1, Orlando and his family headed to CenturyLink Field to cheer his favorite team on to a 3-1 victory. They not only received free Uber rides to and from the Sounders FC match, but also got to meet players Alex and Cristian Roldan on the field.

Orlando is one of many children battling illness who’ve received a unique experience from Sounders FC throughout the season. You can help support these efforts and cheer on kids like Orlando by attending the Sounders FC Kick Childhood Cancer match on Saturday, September 29, vs. the Colorado Rapids.

RMHC is one of over 45 nonprofits across the region that has received financial assistance from the Uber NW Community Impact Initiative. As the official rideshare partner of Sounders FC, we’re proud to work with the team and RMHC to create this memorable experience.