Rivals come together to help fundraise for Tessa Sutton

Published: Apr. 22, 2022 at 10:19 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The soccer community is coming together to support one of their one. Tessa Sutton is a Dunlap High School sophomore battling cancer. Now, two rival teams are coming together to raise money on her behalf.

Sutton had surgery early Friday morning and her mother said she is doing well. All these girls grew up playing soccer together, but now playing for different high schools was not going to change their support for one another.

Sutton is battling a malignant chest wall sarcoma. She has been, and is again receiving treatment at St. Jude. Both in Memphis and Peoria.

Her fellow soccer friends at Richwoods and Peoria Notre Dame are working to raise money for her family at their game Saturday morning.

Merideth Haines said she played soccer with Sutton when they were younger and has stayed close with her since.

“We’re always rival on the field but like once the game stops we’re kind of a family. We all come together to help those in needs or whoever needs it,” said Haines, a sophomore at Richwoods.

Sutton’s family said they were overjoyed with all the support from the community.

The fundraiser will be Saturday at 10 am at Richwood’s soccer field.

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