SCARBOROUGH – Scarborough High School Football Boosters raised $ 851 in donations for Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center on October 1.
The boosters support Cancer Awareness Month throughout October, said Scarborough resident Shannon Lindstrom.
Although he does not have cancer, the football team also hosted Team Kyle Night during the varsity game on October 1, in honor of their late classmate Kyle St. Clair, who passed away at the age 8. According to his mother Kate St. Clair, Kyle “suffered from reverse motility and multiple organ failure due to what we believe to be a mitochondrial disorder. More children die from it each year than childhood cancer.”
Kyle has had more than 200 surgeries, she said.
Kyle, who died in 2013, is said to have graduated in 2023.
During his too short life, Kyle inspired many people, many of whom did not know him and his family, like Lindstrom.
“Despite everything this amazing boy went through in his life, he never gave up,” Lindstorm said. “His strength, his love and his hope are always contagious. He has inspired so many people with his unconditional love and his firm belief in “giving it forward”.
During the game, quarterback Sam Rumelhart wore the number 14 St. Clair jersey, Lindstrom said.
Other ways of honoring Kyle included Scarborough High School Football by dedicating the game to Kyle and his family, football players wearing orange sweatbands, and students and fans at Scarborough High School wearing orange, Kyle’s favorite color, ”she said.