On April 5th, 2013, The Victory Project hosted its first honoree, Xander Reynolds, in the Victory Suite at Sporting Park. The then eight-year-old was the guest of honor at the team’s match against D.C. United, which also marked the official launch of the foundation.
Less than a month after being honored -- thanks to donations from Sporting KC fans -- Xander’s mother was able to use the $3,000 raised during the game to purchase the Topaz CCTV reading device he needed to complete classwork at home. Xander has a brain tumor that has caused blindness in one eye and severely diminished vision in the other.
Now 10 years old, Xander continues chemotherapy treatments after experiencing a relapse last year. Treatments are going well and this summer Xander is spending a week at Camp Quality, which gives kids battling cancer a chance to be kids again. This afternoon, he also participated in a photo shoot at Sporting Park with Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi for the 2016 Braden’s Hope calendar(pictured with his mother Debra Reynolds).
Since its inception, the Victory Project has raised over $230,000 to help children in Kansas City. To find out more about the Victory Project, please visit VictoryKC.org or follow @VictoryKC on Twitter or @VictoryProjectKC on Instagram.