Take that cancer!

Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer among children and Sporting Kansas City is committed to supporting the fight against cancer in all its forms. Sporting KC players teamed up with Braden's Hope for Childhood Cancer, a foundation dedicated to finding a cure for this deadly disease, in efforts to raise awareness and bring hope to the lives of children battling the illness. Braden's Hope believes in Heroes Opening People's Eyes, and that is exactly what happened as  twelve Sporting Kansas City players posed with twelve inspiring heroes for a professional photo shoot at DeCloud Studios. The photos from the event are being compiled into the annual Heroes Opening People’s Eyes Calendar for 2013.

“Sporting KC has been a joy to work with and the players truly made the children featured in the calendar very happy,” said Deliece Hofen, founder of Braden’s Hope. “We are extremely grateful to Sporting KC for partnering with us on this meaningful project!”

The feeling was mutual as Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler said, "It was a lot of fun. My teammates and I really enjoyed the entire day, especially getting to know the kids more on a personal level. We were honored that Braden's Hope chose Sporting Kansas City to represent their fundraisor." 

The 2013 calendars will be available for sale in mid-September on the Braden’s Hope website with all proceeds going towards cancer research. Take a look below for a sneak peak of some of the photos provided by DeCloud Studios: