FOXBOROUGH — Boston athletes have always been selfless when it comes to kids with cancer. Starting with the Boston Braves’ Johnny Sain and The Jimmy Fund back in 1948 to Ted Williams continuing that tradition, Hub sports legends have been synonymous with battling that dreadful disease.
You can add Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe to that list of urging young cancer patients to never ever give up.
Rowe has been involved with the Jessie Rees Foundation out of Irvine, Calif. since the end of the ’14 regular season, following a visit to Mass. General Hospital’s Yawkey Center.
Jessie Rees was a 12-year-old girl who fought against two brain tumors between March 2011 and January 2012, when she passed away. Her father, Eric, began the foundation soon after, with the motto Never Ever Give Up — shortened to NEGU.
There are many athletes involved in the foundation, such as Olympians Janet Evans and Jordan Wieber, along with Carson Palmer, DeMarco Murray, Matt Leinart, and Chad Henne, among others.
Rowe is the lone soccer player in Jessie’s “All-Stars.”