Mercer players participated on behalf of Drew Angel, 8, a soccer player from Mercer County who was diagnosed with stage 3 Burkitt's lymphoma in October of 2005. He underwent intensive chemotherapy and is now in remission.
Cindy Angel, an event organizer and Drew's mother, said that to raise the money, the children wrote personal letters, went door to door, held bake sales, made signs and had tables set up for donations.
Local businesses gave prizes for top individual fund-raisers. For example, Anderson-Dean Park donated a private pool party to the top two fund-raising teams.
Funds are still coming in from soccer clubs all over the country, though Mercer County is expected to be one this year's top fund-raising groups.