Fire's Lampson fetes decade cancer-free with biggest year for LampStrong

Sept. 24 is always a day that Chicago Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson appreciates – for the good and the bad memories – as the date, now almost exactly 10 years ago, when he learned he was cancer-free. “I don’t give a s—t about my birthday. This is the day I care about each year,” he said, last week, as it drew near. “That date is the date that turned me into who I am now. So that’s the date I really care about.” Lampson was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin Lymphoma in high school. And a decade after beating it, he woke up on Sept. 24, 2017 and spent the Sunday traveling back from a Chicago Fire 3-1 loss in Philadelphia. He spent the rest of the day sitting on a “flying trashcan,” as he describe

A letter from Matt Lampson: 10 Years Cancer-Free

There are moments in life that change one’s trajectory. I am sure that you have had those moments as well. For me, that moment came when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, on the eve of my high school graduation. Another defining moment came when I decided to use the lessons of cancer to create a foundation hoping to inspire children and young adults battling cancer to not give up on their dreams and to continue fighting for their lives. This year the LampStrong Foundation turns 6, and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. Since its inception, the LampStrong Foundation has: Hosted over 100 Heroes and their families to MLS games all across the United States and Canada; Donated $20,

Glazed and Infused Goes All In For LampStrong

Whenever or wherever donuts and Matt come together good things happen. Nothing illustrates this fact better than what happened this summer, on August 26. This is when Matt and his Chicago Fire teammates took over the counter at the Lincoln Park Glazed and Infused location. Brant Bronico, Daniel Johnson, Stefan Cleveland, Jonathan Campbell, and the famously irascible Dax McCarty all teamed up with the good folks at Glazed and Infused to help raise funds for the Lampstrong Foundation. The boys took the time to meet, eat, and greet donut lovers from all over Chicago. In doing so, they raised over $1600.00 for the Lampstrong Foundation. Matt wishes to extend a hearty word of thanks to his t

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