By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
May 16, 2017-After Ike Zisselman was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2004 and died a year later, his son and later his granddaughters started raising money to help those with this rare blood cancer.
New Hyde Park resident Marc Zisselman, who volunteered on the Board of Directors of the Albertson Soccer Club from 2011 to 2016, became a fundraiser for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, raising nearly $6 million over a 10-year period through the charity auction that he organized.
“In 2016, I branched out on my own and created Libations for Living, a Long Island fundraiser, to raise money for the Mount Sinai Multiple Myeloma Program,” Marc explained. “All money raised at the 2016 fundraiser was used by my father’s doctor, Dr. Jagannath, to create a new research facility in Huntington, their 1st foray on Long Island.”
In 2014, Marc’s then 12-year-old daughter Lexi hosted Kick for a Cure at the Hofstra University Bubble. The fundraiser for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation was Lexi’s bat mitvah project and she had volunteer help from the Albertson Soccer Club, the club she played for until recently transferring to the New Hyde Park Wildcats Soccer Club. 250 local soccer players attended the event and raised in excess of $5,500, in addition to a special friend who donated an extra $2,000, for a grand total just above $7,500 as the event was a huge success.
Raising money for multiple myeloma has now become a sister act as Lexi’s younger sister Remi, now 12 years old, is hosting a Charity Dash on Saturday, June 17 from 4 to 6 pm at Herricks High School in New Hyde Park. Remi was born eight days before her grandfather passed away. She plays for the East Meadow Soccer Club, which like Albertson and New Hyde Park are members of both the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA).
The Zisselmans anticipate several hundred kids ranging from 5 to 18 years old––soccer players, track and field athletes and those who just want to help a great cause––attending along with their parents to raise awareness for this disease. The family has already reached out to the LIJSL clubs in western Nassau County for support. The kids will take part in 100-yard dashes and be automatically entered to win great prizes, including an iPad, pizza party, custom jerseys and much more. All money raised will be donated to the Mount Sinai Multiple Myeloma Program, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
For those interested in attending, please complete the attached invitation and send it to the Zisselmans via e-mail to reserve a spot at the Charity Dash.
With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.