One of the reasons I started this blog was to help amplify the stories of extraordinary people you've never heard of using sports to make a difference. In essence, the goal has been to throw a spotlight on the inspiring subjects who are typically relegated to the back pages of local sports sections.
In that spirit, meet James Aldis. He and the team he's assembled (a collection of family and friends) are pictured in the accompanying photo wearing matching t-shirts and holding soccer balls. Let me explain.
Aldis, a soccer enthusiast who lives just outside of London, is embarking on a mission later this month and bringing his mates along to raise money for the Royal Marsden Hospital's Cancer Charity.
The cause is a personal one for Aldis. Now 26, he was first diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the age of 12. He's also battled non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and endured two bone marrow transplants in the subsequent years. All along, the Royal Marsden Hospital has provided his care.
About that mission. Called 92 in 92, it's an effort by Aldis and his crew to visit all 92 Football (or soccer as we say in the States) League stadiums in England and Wales in 92 hours or less and raise £2,000 for Royal Marsden.
Their journey gets underway on Tuesday, August 23. To learn more or make a contribution, please visit their site by clicking here.