FOXBOROUGH – On Saturday, the New England Revolution honored Ismaile Da Silva Jr., a Framingham student battling cancer.
He was honored as part of the Revs’ “Kelyn’s NEGU Crew” program at Saturday’s game against Atlanta United FC.
After being diagnosed in March of 2017, Ismaile currently is being treated at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children Cancer Center for medulloblastoma. He has undergone surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy as part of his treatment plan.
Ismaile, 9, enjoyed a postgame walk around the field alongside Kelyn Rowe as he thanked the fans. He is a student at Potter Road Elementary School.
“Kelyn’s NEGU Crew” is a five-game program that gives young cancer patients associated with the Jessie Rees Foundation a unique and memorable game day experience. This initiative was spearheaded by Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe, a longtime supporter of the Jessie Rees Foundation. The acronym NEGU stands for “Never Ever Give Up,” a phrase adopted from the Jessie Rees Foundation. “Kelyn’s NEGU Crew” aims to give each child a memorable experience as they continue their brave fight against this deadly disease.
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