Columbus Crew goalkeeper and Stage 4 Hodgkin?s lymphoma survivor, Matt Lampson has been named the local spokesperson for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central Ohio. Lampson was formally introduced as the spokesperson to the Central Ohio chapter, which serves 38 counties throughout Ohio, at the Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala on Friday, May 10.
In 2007, the Crew Homegrown Player was fighting for his life after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma. Heading into his freshman year of college, Lampson beat cancer and overcame the physical toll extensive chemotherapy and radiation treatment had on his body to emerge as one of top goalies in the Big Ten while playing collegiately at Ohio State.
As the new spokesperson for the LLS Central Ohio Chapter, Lampson will serve as the Honorary Chair of the 15th Annual Light the Night Walk on Saturday, October 12 at Bicentennial Park in Downtown Columbus. Additionally, Lampson will take part in the Light The Night Corporate Breakfast on June 5, the Light the Night Official Kick-off event on August 14 as well as the Pennies for Patients Assemblies and other official LLS community awareness events throughout the year.
As part of the role, Lampson and the Crew have created the Crew LLS Hero program, where a child battling a blood cancer gets the opportunity to attend a Crew game, go down to the field afterward, and meet Lampson. He has been extremely generous and inspirational to the children, some even wanting to play professional soccer in the future and one who even wants to change his name to "Matt Lampson".
"As a Lymphoma survivor, I hold this cause very close to my heart and I invite you to join us in our efforts to end blood cancers." said Lampson. "Without these efforts, I certainly would not have been granted a second chance at life, and I certainly would not have been able to become a professional athlete. I hope that by partnering with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society we can ensure that all children have an opportunity to live out their dreams like I have."
Almost six years later and in his second year in Major League Soccer, throughout the 2013 season, Lampson is wearing custom-made lime green goalkeeper's gloves stamped with lime green ribbons, the symbol of lymphoma awareness.
Burlington Stores and LLS's Light The Night partnered to shine the spotlight on the urgent need for blood cancer cures.