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Kick It Clinic sponsors Folsom boy

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Jack Munoz is a 13-year-old Folsom boy who, like many others kids his age, loves soccer. Jack, however, isn?t playing soccer this year like many of his friends because he?s not well enough. Two days before Christmas last year Munoz was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer affecting about 350 people per year. Ewings Sarcoma is a rare tumor that occurs mostly in boys under 20. Jack had surgery to remove part of his lung, a couple ribs and part of his chest wall and has since had eight chemotherapy treatments. He?s got six more chemo treatments remaining, as well as six weeks of radiation therapy. Fortunately, the prognosis for Jack?s recovery is good because the cancer was caught in the early stage, but the medical bills are enormous, which is why this year?s Kick It Clinic, the fifth year the Folsom Soccer Club has put on the event to help benefit a cancer patient, is being held to benefit Jack and his family. ?I owe a lifetime of gratitude to everyone for contributing to the fundraiser for me,? Jack said, ?especially for the Folsom Soccer Club and my two awesome coaches, Coach Brian (Altman) and Coach Chris (Ciampa), for helping set this clinic up and sponsoring me. Soccer plays a huge role in my attitude because it gives me a goal to strive to. Soccer plays a huge part in my life and keeping a positive attitude will get me on the field faster. I love my team, the Force, and my coaches and this drives me to work as hard as possible to get back on the field.? Ciampa said Jack is a great kid. ?Everyone will say Jack?s a special kid,? Ciampa said. ?Jack just seems to ?get it? on a different level of maturity. He is almost like an adult in a kid?s body. I really think that has helped him stay strong and focused through all of this. Brian and I have coached him for three years and he has a charismatic personality. You can always count on him to have a funny comment during the difficult times or a positive outlook when the team is doing fitness or during a tough game. His effort and attitude make him a great teammate and player.? The Munoz family is grateful for the community?s support. ?We are completely humbled by the outpouring of love and support that we have received,? Steve Munoz said. ?We were honored to hear that the Folsom Soccer Club was sponsoring Jack. He?s working hard on his soccer and ball control skills to be able to participate in this clinic.? The Kick It Clinic, in its fifth year, has a motto of ?Seeing a need, fulfilling a passion. Doing something bigger than ourselves to make a difference in our community.? The soccer clinic for boys and girls ages 5-13 will be held June 15 and a second session will be held June 20. Cost is $35 per session and if you register before Friday you receive a free T-shirt Proceeds of the tournament go to Jack and his family. For more information on the clinic go to kickitclinic.org. Kick It Clinic What: Youth soccer clinic When: Session I: 5-9 year olds, Fri., June 15, 5:30-8 p.m., 10-13 years old, 6-8:30 p.m., Livermore Park. Session 2: 5-9 year olds, Wed. June 20, 5:30-8 p.m., Gold Ridge Elementary Cost: $35 per session, free T-shirt if register before Friday. Benefits: Jack Munoz, a 13-year-old Folsom boy battling cancer Info: kickitclinic.org