In the short time she was with us Maddie McCoy impacted a full lifetime’s worth of people.
HINGHAM – In the short time she was with us Maddie McCoy impacted a full lifetime’s worth of people.
The vibrant Hingham 11-year-old loved learning new things, gymnastics and soccer. She passed away May 23 after a battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a pediatric cancer, but her legacy of kindness will live on with the Maddie’s Promise Foundation.
The Hingham High girls soccer team formed a special bond with Maddie last year when they named her honorary team captain. The boys and girls soccer programs will honor her memory and raise money for Maddie’s Promise on Friday, Oct. 4 when they take on Plymouth South in a doubleheader at HHS.
The boys will play at 4:30 p.m. with the girls game following at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a youth soccer exhibition at halftime of the girls game. The concession stand will be open with Bertucci’s Pizza also available. There will also be a Maddie’s Promise stand set up selling artwork to benefit the foundation.
Organizers have set a goal of raising $50,000 from the event that will go to the Maddie’s Promise Foundation, a charity being formed to provide funding for research into rare forms of pediatric cancer.
"Maddie loved sports and especially playing soccer," said Ann and Steve McCoy, Maddie’s parents and founders of Maddie’s Promise. "We had hoped she’d play for Hingham High School someday. It meant so much to Maddie and us when the varsity team made her an honorary captain last year. And now they have continued their amazing support, helping raise funds for research to help other kids like Maddie."
Hingham girls soccer Head Coach Ryan Puntiri said his team formed a great bond with Maddie. They sent her care packages when she went out of state for treatment and made sure she watched their games on a live stream when she couldn’t be there in person.
"She passed away in the spring so this is the soccer community’s chance to honor Maddie" and the good she wanted to do for others, Puntiri explained. "This has all come together very quickly and everyone in town has been so great and supportive to the cause. It’s been amazing to see everyone in the community step up and help with this endeavor."
One way people can support the cause is by wearing purple to the game, Maddie’s favorite color. Special T-shirts for the game can be purchased to help the foundation on the maddiespromise.org website.
Family friend Romina Magner said Maddie was "a kind and a wonderful friend. What set her apart was how determined she was to be successful in anything she set her mind to whether it was school, sports or a friendly game of Monopoly.
"She never saw herself as being sick, which is why she had the best attitude, even after intense rounds of chemo," Magner added. "She was always cheering on the sideline at the soccer game or motivating her gymnastics teammates."
Even when the sarcoma started slowing her down, Maddie was determined she would not be stopped. She spent the last few months of her life creating artwork to sell to help other kids with cancer as well as the homeless people she saw while driving to treatment.
For more information on Maddie’s story and how you can help the foundation, go to maddiespromise.org. They are also on Facebook and Instagram.
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