Mackenzie RiggLancers Kick Cancer has UWindsor soccer teams raising funds for research into brain tumours to honour University of Victoria soccer captain Mackenzie Rigg, who died in March 2022 following a battle with glioblastoma.

Soccer squads suiting up against cancer

The Windsor Lancer soccer teams will host a fundraising event for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada on Friday, Oct. 13, in honour of University of Victoria Vikes soccer captain Mackenzie Rigg, who died in March 2022 after a 19-month battle with glioblastoma.

The Rigg family and the Vikes raised funds to start a grant and Lisa Porter, UWindsor professor of biomedical sciences, was the first recipient along with a lab at McMaster University.

To show support for Rigg and gratitude to his family, the Lancers are raising funds for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to help keep his name alive and help fuel the next grant so another lab can continue to move the field forward.

“This funding will allow us to dissect exciting data that has the potential to change the way that we are approaching treatment for one of the most aggressive forms of brain tumour,” Dr. Porter says. “Each idea and project that researchers are able to work on, brings the entire field closer to the goal of eliminating brain tumours and the pain and suffering that come along with them.”

To donate, visit, or come to the game to contributea in person.

The Brain Tumour Foundation, Porter, and members of the WE-Spark Health Institute will be on hand to answer questions, accept donations, and present a cheque for funds raised to date in Rigg’s honour.

The Lancer women will kick off against Waterloo at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.