Football groups unite for Chippewa Hills student with leukemia


BARRYTON – Soccer players from Chippewa Hills High School and the American Youth Soccer Organization will kick more than just a ball when they face each other on Friday night. They will kick cancer to support another warrior.

Seth Cochran, a student at Chippewa Hills High School, will undergo a bone marrow transplant to fight his third leukemia.

“When Seth called me and told me it was back, I just… personally thought I was going to die,” said Jean Pogue, Seth’s great aunt.

With the support of the Chippewa Hills High School and Newaygo AYSO 19U soccer teams, the Chippewa Hills AYSO No. 1597 hosted an exhibition benefit match at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 12 at Warrior Stadium in Chippewa Hills High School, 3226 Arthur Road, Remus.

Admission is $ 5, with children 2 and under free. There will be a 50/50 draw, $ 1 penalty kick contest for kids at halftime and up. Donations are accepted. All profits will be donated to the family to help cover medical costs.

“The football team decided to make an advantage for us because there are a lot of expenses involved, besides insurance, that a person doesn’t even think about,” Pogue said.

Seth’s fight began in 2013 when he was 9 years old.

“You never think it’s going to happen to your son,” Seth’s mother Kayleigh Carpenter told the Pioneer in 2013.

Seth was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

“That your child has cancer is something I don’t wish on my worst enemy,” Carpenter said.

Seth battled leukemia twice, declared cancer free each time, before being diagnosed a third time in September.

“He felt so good,” Pogue said. “He played volleyball for the first time in years and he felt so good. He was like ‘Aunt Jeannie, I can’t believe I could do this. I haven’t had the stamina to do something like this in ages.

– Well, the next day, the following Saturday. He had another set of labs done.

The cancer was back.

Seth is currently at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, preparing for a bone marrow transplant.

“Fortunately, they seem to have figured it out from the start this time around,” Pogue said. “I hope this bone marrow transplant would be the answer, but I don’t know. We all pray about it, that’s for sure.


Fundraising for the AYSO vs. CHHS soccer exhibition

  • When: 7 p.m. Friday, November 12.
  • Or: Chippewa Hills High School, 3226 Arthur Road, Remus.
  • Cost: Admission is $ 5, free for children 2 and under; Halftime $ 1 Penalty Kick Contest; drawing 50/50; Donations accepted.


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