Turn to Tara: Stretching the Play - Community honors soccer star who lost battle with cancer

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The Chappaqua community came together to honor the life of a young soccer star who lost his 17-month battle with a rare form of cancer.

Casey Taub died two years ago, but what happened after his death inspired News 12’s Tara Rosenblum to tell his story.

Taub was 15 and coming back from soccer practices at Horace Greeley High School saying he was dizzy. Ten days after a doctor diagnosed him with vertigo, an MRI revealed the dizziness was due to an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.

What followed was a long road of hospital visits, surgeries and daily chemo treatments, which eventually left him too weak to play.

He kept his No. 22 jersey on and kept fighting until his body could no longer keep up with his bravery, and he was unable to talk.

His father, Jonathan Taub, learned that time really doesn't heal all wounds, but on the field where Casey Taub spent so much of his life, his friends and teammates recently organized the first-ever Taubstrong Soccer Jamboree in his honor.

The event was aimed at benefiting pediatric brain tumor research.

The year before, Jonathon Taub was also asked to hand out an athletic award named after his son.

"One of the things I talked about was that as the kids moved on to college, and no matter what sport they played, if they could take the 22 and think about what it meant to Casey," says Jonathan Taub.

News 12 scholar athlete Stella Schwartz took it to heart and claimed the No. 22 jersey on the University of Massachusetts’ women’s soccer team last year.

Anyone wishing to donate in Casey Taub’s name can go to The Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumors. The foundation’s mission is to raise the awareness and funds necessary to overcome pediatric brain tumors and to help the children and families affected by them.

The family is also holding a charity golf outing on Sept. 16. The Taubstrong Tee-off will take place at Mount Kisco Country Club.  Anyone interested in participating or sponsoring can click here.

 

 

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