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He was in an MTV boy band. His Coquitlam charity has raised $26M

Michael Cuccione wanted to find a cure for childhood cancer. On July 6, 2024, the foundation in the late Coquitlam teen's name will host one of its signature fundraisers: Kick for a Cure.

Get your cleats out.

The deadline is nearing for soccer players and teams to sign up for the 17th annual Kick for a Cure in Coquitlam.

Participants have until the end of the month to register for the adult or youth tournaments — or take part in the kids’ clinics — that will fill Percy Perry Stadium in Town Centre Park on Saturday, July 6, 2024.

Organizer Gloria Cuccione told the Tri-City News that the Michael Cuccione Foundation, a nonprofit started in 1997 and named after her late son, hopes to raise thousands of dollars for the centre it funds at the BC Children’s Hospital: the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program.

Since the foundation began, it has brought in more than $26 million to help find a cure for cancer, a disease that Cuccione battled twice before he died in 2001 from complications following a car accident in Burnaby.

As in past years, Kick for a Cure will transform Percy Percy Stadium and its fields for the day with:

  • a kids fun zone
    • at the Dominic Mobilio Field (Michael Cuccione's late cousin)
  • kids clinics with Alfredo Valente, director of football for the Metro-Ford Soccer Club, and Carl Valentine, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC club ambassador
    • at the Ted Fridge Field
  • adult matches
    • at the main field

As well, there will be a beer garden, burgers, a BBQ, treats and prizes.

“It’s a big day and it’s fun for everybody,” Gloria Cuccione said. “We have kids interacting with kids — and helping kids at the same time.”

And, for the 12th year, the Canadian company Methanex, the world’s largest producer and supplier of methanol, plans to reach its $1-million mark in donations to the foundation; to date, they’ve given more than $800,000 to the cause.

Gloria Cuccione talked about the funding impact to the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program, of which the foundation has pledged $10.5 million toward CAR-T immunotherapy.

For childhood cancers, immunotherapy and CAR-T cell therapy are in their infancy stage; however, with research, medical scientists want to unlock their potential to treat more than just B-cell leukaemia and focus on solid cancers as well, as 60 per cent of childhood cancers are tumours — one of the least curable cancers for kids.

By having a lab at the hospital, Cuccione said, researchers can work side-by-side with doctors and specialists to fight the disease.


Kick for a Cure is one of three signature fundraisers for the Michael Cuccione Foundation each year.

The other two are:

  • Golf for a Cure, which on May 24 brought in $140,000 from about 300 golfers at the Golden Ears Golf Club
  • a foundation gala, which on Sept. 21 will have its 29th edition at the Italian Cultural Centre

Michael Cuccione was a rising star when his life was cut short 23 years ago — eight days after his 16th birthday.

An actor, singer and dancer, Michael Cuccione was best known as Jason “QT” McKnight in the MTV fictional boy band 2gether, which had a movie and television series, and opened for Britney Spears on tour.

For more details about Kick for a Cure on Saturday, July 6, visit the foundation’s website.