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With Every Goal, Field Hockey Team Supports Boy Recovering From Cancer

By Maryland Today Staff

The Maryland field hockey team on Sunday will amp up its season-long campaign to support a local boy who battled cancer—and is also the young nephew of team captain Kyler Greenwalt.

The 1 p.m. home game against James Madison will recognize Griff Greenwalt for his battle with cancer. The team is continuing “Goals for Griff,” which donates $43 for each goal it scores this season to Griff and his family to help pay for his hospital expenses with a goal of reaching $5,000.

At age 3, Griff was diagnosed in 2019 with Wilms tumor, a rare kidney disease that primarily affects children. The Stage III cancer required 30 weeks of chemotherapy and 16 rounds of radiation. With the support of Maryland Athletics, Testudo visited the boy and other patients during his treatment at Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

Now in remission, Griff and his family attend as many weekend field hockey games to cheer on Kyler. She said the support the family has received from Maryland “means everything.”

“To everyone who has donated, pledged, or even just shared our page, thank you,” she said. “The kindness of this community is unbelievable, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

Read a full feature about Griff at umterps.com.

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