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Gator student-athletes played games & activities Saturday with children fighting cancer at the Climb for Cancer event.

Saturday September 29, 2012Gators share their love for sports with children at Climb for Cancer event

Gainesville, Fla.

Gator student-athletes played games & activities Saturday with children fighting cancer at the Climb for Cancer event.

Yesterday, a chemotherapy injection to fight Gabe Grant’s leukemia was administered to the seven-year old at the Tampa area All-Childrens Hospital.

Saturday morning, Grant was laughing and running as he and other children fighting cancer played games and activities with more than 100 UF student-athletes, cheerleaders and Dazzlers at the seventh annual Brandon Ling Memorial Sports Camp held on the University of Florida campus.

Ron Farb organizes the event each year through his Climb for Cancer Foundation, which raises money to help the families of children with cancer. Almost 60 children ages 7 to 18 participated in Saturday’s camp.

Grant focused his activities to the outdoor arena today, playing soccer and flag football with many Gator student-athletes. He said he had fun playing with the Gators and even took some snaps at quarterback in the spirited flag-football contest.

His mother, Tammy Folsom, said this day was a great treasure for Gabe and his four brothers who joined him for the morning of activities with the Gator student-athletes.

“We’ve been doing this (fighting the leukemia) for three years. To see him in chemo yesterday getting an injection and 24 hours later he’s running around having the time of his life,” Folsom said. “I don’t think the athletes realize the impact that they make. They make the cancer go away for the little bit of time that he is with them and that’s something that a mom can’t do. It is priceless to us.”

Gator soccer had players participating in both soccer and flag football Saturday morning. Folsom said her son and the Gators had a great time.

“He loves playing any sport. He loved playing with the Gator girls. They showed him some soccer moves and then he got them on the football field and they had a great time,” Folsom said. “I think the best part of the day was playing with the girls – they made it a lot of fun for him.”

The Gators’ sophomore Annies both enjoyed spending their morning with the children.

“It is pretty fulfilling to come out here to play with the kids and watch them put a smile on their face,” Annie Speese said. “It was fun playing the sports that we love with them.”

“It is great to see the kids smile and having fun,” Annie Bobbitt said. “We get to share the Gator experience with them. Just to see their faces light up is so much fun. It gives them hope that someday they too will play for the Gators.”


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