DURHAM, N.C.—The Duke men’s soccer team closed out its spring season with an event near and dear to its heart over the weekend. Prior to taking on NC State in the final game of the spring campaign, the Blue Devils visited with huge Duke soccer fan Micah Gauss prior to him walking in the Angels Among Us 5K and Family Fun Walk.
Gauss, one of Duke men’s soccer’s strongest supporters for the past several seasons, is a patient at the Duke Hospital. He can be seen on the stands at nearly every home game cheering the Blue Devils to victory and will visit with the players on the field following the game. Gauss’ “Team Spider-Man for the Micah Man” raised over $3,000 for the charity. His spirit has inspired the Blue Devils players and coaches and they continue to remain active in his family’s life.
Angels Among Us 5K and Family Fun Walk, originally known as the Duke Forest 5K, originated as a hastily sketched out plan on the back of a napkin during a lunch break. TwoDuke employees had each lost a family member from a brain tumor and wanted to make a difference. Both family members had received treatment at Duke, so they chose to direct their efforts to the Duke Brain Tumor Program. The original dream stated that allfunds raised would go to research.
All proceeds continue to go directly towards research and clinical trials of brain and spinaltumors at The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. The money is used to fund crucial initiatives that address the greatest needs and have the most impact on the lives of all brain tumor patients, support new and innovative research and treatments, assist with the recruitment of the most outstanding research staff and personnel, and purchase essential equipment and supplies. “At Duke, There is Hope” for all patients.