You know you’re in good company when paired with A.J. DeLaGarza.
The one-time defender was named the Humanitarian of the Year in 2014, and now LA Galaxy goalkeeper Matt Lampson is the recipient of the award for the second year running and third time overall in his career. (If you take a look at the clip, it’s not hard to figure out why)
Lampson, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 17, started the non-profit back in 2013. Since, he’s carried its efforts through stops with the Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire, Minnesota United and now the Galaxy.
The LampStrong Foundation aims to provide difference-making financial, emotional and motivational support to cancer patients and families in all the stages of cancer treatment and recovery. They also fund researchers, with each effort hoping to positively influence the lives of those battling cancer and to encourage survivors and their families to make the most of their second chance at life.
During the 2019 season, Lampson has hosted a child battling cancer at nearly every home and away match. He’s also welcomed children for training sessions at Dignity Health Sports Park, plus regularly visits Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to meet and speak with cancer patients.