On average eight cases of encephalitis are reported yearly in the United States. Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. Viral infections are the most common. One of Chartiers Valleys students, John Mucha, was diagnosed with viral encephalitis in the early months of 2014. John had flu-like symptoms his sophomore year over Christmas break that worsened and developed into encephalitis. John being involved with honor classes, the soccer team, and show band made his absence noticed amongst the students and teachers.
The girls’ soccer team decided to take action by helping out John’s parents. A soccer game fundraiser will be held October 9th in John’s honor with all of the proceeds going to John and his family. The soccer game is at 7:30 p.m. against North Hills at the Chartiers Valley Stadium. The game will have a free admission and include a 50/50 and Chinese Auction. The girl’s team is trying to coordinate with the show band to have a pep-band during the game. The Chinese Auction baskets will be assembled by the Chartiers Valley Middle school soccer and travel teams. Also, shirts including a CV logo and Johns name will be sold prior to the game. North Hills Soccer team is also partaking in the donations by purchasing shirts for their team to support John. A spaghetti dinner was held for John last year and we’re hoping to have the same outcome and attendance”, said Kenzi Sinclair, head of the fundraiser. The girls’ soccer team anticipates to raise a generous amount of money for their fellow player and friend.