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DWU men's soccer team is 'Kicking Cancer with Pam'

When Tyler Grilley found out his mother had breast cancer earlier this year, he had tears of sorrow, but if tears are shed today, they will be tears of joy.

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Grilley and the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s soccer team will take on Morningside College and be selling “Kicking Cancer with Pam,” a slogan which appears on T-shirts sported by those who support Grilley’s mother and her bout with breast cancer.

“I am more than excited for the game,” Tyler Grilley said. “It’s not just the fact that everyone will be wearing the shirts but it is for the whole game, which is a tribute to my mother.”

Pam Grilley’s most recent surgery was two weeks ago, and Tyler said she is cancer free but has one more surgery to go.

“The support we have gotten is a great help to me and my family,” said the Sioux Falls Roosevelt graduate. “My teammates helping me get through this is making the process a lot easier.”

The T-shirts, which cost $10, are being sold to help raise money for the Grilley family and for the Avera Foundation in Mitchell. The idea came from Grilley’s teammates, who wanted to do more than just wear pink during a game.

The team has sold 321 shirts and raised $3,200, which stunned Pam when she found out the team originally planned to sell just 40 shirts. Tyler said his mom loved the design of the shirt.

“When the guys found out about Tyler’s mom, they wanted to do something that would make a difference,” DWU men’s soccer coach Jeremy Tosaya said. “I think it is every coach’s dream. You want them to come together and be a family. You want them to care more about things off the field.”

The team also received help from local businesses, such as Dental Health Partners, GF Advertising Services and Scott and Melanie Mullenmeister’s Chiropractic Center for Healthy Living.

Donations will be taken at the gate during today’s game, which starts at 8 p.m. at the Mitchell Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex.