New England Revolution Honors Framingham 6-Year-Old & The Jessie Rees Foundation

FRAMINGHAM – The New England Revolution honored Torren Velez, 6, of Framingham, for his battle against T-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.

Torren was honored during the Revs’ “Matt’s NEGU Crew” program at Saturday’s game against Houston Dynamo with a postgame walk around the field alongside Matt Turner as he thanked the fans.

Torren was diagnosed with T-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma on January 3, 2019.

This was discovered when he began coughing and wheezing frequently because the tumor in his chest grew so big it was collapsing part of his heart and lungs.

Since January, his tumor has shrunk by 80%.

“Matt’s NEGU Crew,” spearheaded by Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner, is a program that gives young cancer patients associated with the Jessie Rees Foundation a unique and memorable game day experience.

The acronym NEGU stands for “Never Ever Give Up,” a phrase adopted from the Jessie Rees Foundation.

“Matt’s NEGU Crew” aims to give each child a memorable experience as they continue their brave fight against this deadly disease.


Photo and report courtesy of the New England Revolution

CAPTION: Part of “Matt’s NEGU Crew,” Torren Velez, 6, from Framingham, MA salutes Revolution supporters alongside goalkeeper Matt Turner and friends and family members at the Gillette Stadium on June 29, 2019.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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