EMPOWER

The Austen Everett Foundation works to empower kids in their fight against cancer through the strength and support of professional and collegiate athletic teams. 

HONOR

Within the AEF Honorary Team Captain Program a kid battling cancer becomes the "Honorary Team Captain” for a day, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to benefit from the powerful support that a team environment can provide.

INSPIRE

Through the Power of Sport, AEF is dedicated to changing the way kids fight cancer. AEF programs create incredibly dynamic and inspiring memories that captains can take with them through treatment and beyond. Together we UNITE2FIGHT.

AUSTEN'S STORY 1986-2012

Following is Austen's story, written by Austen.

I’ve spent my life playing soccer. I always figured if I died an untimely death it would be because of my rather extensive collection of concussions.


Soccer takes a toll on your body. If only you saw beneath my jersey, you’d know what I’m talking about. I’ve got horrific scars on both arms and discolored marks up and down my legs. I’ve learned how to take out my own stitches and can stay in an ice bath for 35 minutes before my lips turn blue. But Cancer was nothing like anything I had ever experienced and I’ve got the scars to prove it. My forearms are littered with track marks from countless IVs and blood tests. There’s a puckered wound in my lower back where they’ve drilled in my hip to get bone marrow samples, but the real prize is an 8 inch scar that runs down my stomach from my chest bone to my pelvis that’s a leftover from an exploratory surgery in which they removed a football-sized tumor from my abdomen.


Cancer has brought me to my knees. It has made me feel worse than I could ever imagine and has allowed me to see more beauty, truth, and triumph in a single day than many people experience in a lifetime. The question with chemo is what will the chemo kill first: the Cancer, or me? My exciting life has quickly become a nauseating routine of IV drips and doctors appointments. The sickness has been in the details, in the gruesome effects of the treatment. Cancer is a blurred sense of illness but chemo is an endless sequence of horrors until you begin to think that the cure is as bad or worse than the disease.

Click here to read and see more of Austen's Story

AWARDS

2018

Seattle Sounders FC 

Community MVP Award

Seattle Reign FC 

"Legends" Award

2016

Seattle Reign FC

"Legends" Award

Austen Everett

2017

Seattle Sounders FC

Golden Scarf Award

Austen Everett

2015

University of Miami

Butler Community Service Award

Austen Everett

The AEF Team

Committed to empowering kids battling cancer

June Leahy

Executive Director

Nicole Paxton

Communications Director

Hanna Sanford

Program Director

OUR PRODUCERS

AEF Producers assure a dynamic, inspiring, and empowering AEF team event experience for the captain and their family.

SEATTLE PRODUCERS

Kelsey Herstad

Hunter Kulik

Lanesha Reagan

Rebecca Reeves
Morgan Simkims

Isaac Shorack

Cecilia De La Cruiz

BAY AREA PRODUCERS

Audrey Hegardt

Manuel Lopez

Sylvee Walenczewski Proeh

Ashley Wilson

Brooke Yarrington

LOS ANGELES PRODUCERS

Briana daMota

Malloy Leahy

Amelia Tabullo

Natalie Moik

MIAMI

PRODUCERS

Matt Bernake

Joanna Greenberg

Natalie Marrero

Kylie Wang

OREGON

PRODUCERS

Luis Magallares

Matt Wright

MINNEAPOLIS PRODUCER

Ellen Jones

DENVER

 PRODUCERS

Alyssa Lorenz

Maddie Schroeder

TEXAS PRODUCERS 

Sammi Buchanan

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kari Anderson

The Seattle Gym

Lindsay Baugh

Adecco Consulting

Jean Bryant

Austen Everett Foundation

Dorene Kriekenbeek-Davis

EVEN Hotel

June Leahy

Austen Everett Foundation

Tim Leahy

Benefit Auction Strategist

Kaylynn Kelley

Windermere

Gary Noren

Noren Development

Danielle Pavlovic
Progeny 3

David Vitale
Progeny 3

Lauren Wyckoff

Austen Everett Foundation

Tim Girvin

Girvin Strategic Branding & Design

Ross Jacobson 

Williams Kastner

Peter Leahy MD

Stanford University

Kelly McNelis

Women For One

Karen Phelps Moyer

Eluna

Yom Senegor

Medaware Solutions

Beverly Yanez
Seattle Reign FC

GIRVIN | Strategic Branding & Design

Mary Cunningham | MC Designs

ADVISORY BOARD

BRANDING / DESIGN 

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