Saints kick cancer, kick off new partnership

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By Brad Stephens

BUCKNER -- The River City Saints indoor soccer team lost their exhibition game 7-5 to a team from Evansville, Ind., Saturday at the YMCA of Greater Louisville.

But for the Saints, the night was still a success.

The event known as the Kick Cancer game raised $300 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and for Team KCT, a fund supporting Kailen Combs Taylor, a Buckner native.

Taylor, a University of Kentucky student, was diagnosed last year with Stage 4 breast cancer. She had already been dealing with a blood clot disorder and Crohn’s disease.

However Taylor overcame the cancer and is almost finished with treatments.

Team owner Jason Harden has known Taylor for about a decade through their church and held the first Kick Cancer game last year when he found out about her condition.

Taylor was unable to attend last year because of treatments, but was there this time and shared her story with the crowd at halftime.

“The event meant so much to us last year,” said Taylor, who added she felt as healthy as she had in a number of years. “I hoped my story would encourage people to have joy through the difficult things in their life.”

Those interested can learn more about Taylor or make a donation at teamkct.com

The team, which was formerly known as the River City Legends, also used the event to announce a new parternship with the Cincy Saints, a Professional Arena Soccer League team based out of Cincinnati.

That partnership will  “help bring quality soccer to Louisville,” Harden said.

The River City club will use players from this area, the Central Kentucky/Lexington area and Cincinnati.

The team will compete in the premiere division of the PASL.

The Saints, who play their home games at the YMCA, begin their regular season in December.


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