Sentara in the Community

Kicking Out Cancer

A Local Boy’s Campaign to Save Lives and Inspire a Community of Caring

As goalkeeper for his soccer team, Brady Krysiewicz makes saves on the field to help his squad win. Off the field, he’s trying to help save as many lives as possible by promoting breast cancer awareness and fighting in the war against cancer. 

Last fall, Brady raised more than $2,700 for the Phillips Cancer Center at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital through his campaign, “Keeper for a Cure.” These funds are making possible essential cancer support programs, such as free wigs and scarves through Marianne’s Room and a new “cooling cap” chemotherapy treatment that reduces and even helps prevent hair loss.

“Our coach told us that we need to use our skills to be leaders on the field and off the field,” says 11-year-old Brady. “My dad told me about people in my family who had breast cancer, and I decided I wanted to help people in my community. So, I researched organizations that support breast cancer awareness, and we just kind of went from there.”

A fifth-grader, Brady says that although one of his aunts survived breast cancer, he had a great-aunt who succumbed to the disease. 

“I’ve learned that there are some people who really, really need help in this world, and they need it way more than some of us, like me, who are very privileged,” Brady says. “I have a great family, a really amazing house to live in and one of the best sisters I could ask for. I also learned that I just like helping people.”

Brady’s parents, Heather and Anthony, have been 100% behind his fundraising campaigns, and are excited to see where he takes his initiative in the future.

“We’ve been blown away during these campaigns,” Heather says. “He first came up with the idea two seasons ago, and he has raised more than we ever thought he would. We’re so proud. We encourage him in whatever he decides to do and try to help make it happen as much as we can.”

Brady has more than 2,000 social media followers and hosts a podcast on which he has interviewed several professional goalkeepers, including Brad Stuver of Austin FC, Major League Soccer (MLS); Nicole Barnhart, two-time Olympic gold medalist and goalkeeper for Kansas City NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League); Matt Bersano of the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS); and Michelle Betos of Racing Louisville (NWSL).

Brady, who started playing soccer at age 3, aspires to play for the MLS and become a soccer coach.

“I’m hoping to retire with a soccer ball in my hands,” he says.

As to why he chose to help raise funds for the Phillips Cancer Center, Brady says: “They have great people working there. Everybody is super nice, and the way they take care of their patients is so amazing. When I got there and took the tour, the thing that stuck out to me the most is how the team takes care of their patients.”

Thanks for helping us, Brady. Kick on!

Learn more about the impact of philanthropic support on the lives of cancer patients in our community at mjhfoundation.org, and more about Bradys next campaign at keeperforacure.org. 

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