SADDLE BROOK, N.J.– It wasn't the result of the St. Joseph Regional and Saddle Brook High School boys' soccer scrimmage that mattered. It was a show of solidarity by the players and staff of the Montvale parochial.
The Green Knights donated $1,000 and a special school soccer jersey to David Guerra, a Saddle Brook sophomore battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
"When I heard about the situation I was heartbroken," St. Joseph head coach Alex Luna told Daily Voice. "It reminded me of a college teammate who also suffered from leukemia.
"I don't believe children should encounter a disease of this magnitude alone," Luna added. "So I sent an e-mail to the parents of the team to make a small donation of $10 and in three days that turned into $1,000. To see the look on the kids' and parents' faces made all the difference in this young man's life."
The money is to help with Guerra's medical expenses.
"On behalf of the township and the Guerra family I want to express my sincere appreciation for the generosity of St. Joseph's Regional boys' soccer team in donating $1,000 to David," Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White told Daily Voice. "Their assistance means so much to the Guerra family and our community."
More than 200 people have contributed more than $20,000 in a little more than a month to help Guerra.