|Ken Dubuc and his daughters, Morgan and Reilley, in the owners' suite at Sunday's FC Cincinnati's match. Ken has been named FC Cincinnati's MLS Works MVP.|
Major League Soccer (MLS), through their MLS Works program (the league's social responsibility platform), holds a community MVP contest each year in which they recognize community leaders who are making a difference in their communities via soccer. Out of all the nominations received, FC Cincinnati recently chose Ken Dubuc to be their first winner.
In June we wrote about Dubuc and his extensive voluntarism while also battling two rare health conditions – pulmonary arterial hypertension and metastatic Angiosarcoma.
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You can support Dubuc by voting here (select "vote now" and choose "Ken Dubuc") or on Twitter (search @KenDubuc and retweet his tweet using #communitymvp).
Voting ends at 2 p.m. July 31 – the day of the All-Star game. All 24 contestants will be brought down to the soccer field during halftime and the winner will be announced.
Dubuc's charity of choice is St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
"As a current cancer patient, having two parents and three grandparents die from cancer, along with many other friends, I can personally attest to how vicious and utterly destructive this disease is," Dubuc says. "Furthermore, as I go to hospitals for treatments and procedures etc., and I see children with cancer, it just breaks my heart. On one hand, that's all they know and they don't know anything different. Children shouldn't have to worry about anything more than going to school, playing, eating their vegetables, and perhaps getting yelled at by their mother or father because they got their clothes dirty while playing outside.
"St. Jude's does terrific research into all types of cancer, and they also provide a cost-free environment for families whose children have cancer. While cancer irreparably damages anybody's life who has it, I think it's even more unfortunate when it's a child with cancer."
Kentucky Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) also recently informed Dubuc that he has been named administrator of the year and will be presented with an award at their annual Hall of Fame luncheon in early August.
|Ken Dubuc was honored as FC Cincinnati's Community MVP Finalist at Sunday's match against New England Revolution. You can vote for Dubuc online or via Twitter twice daily through July 31.|
In addition, Dubuc recently received a letter in the mail from FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding inviting Dubuc to the owners' suite to watch this past Sunday's FC Cincinnati match against New England Revolution.
"Receiving the tickets to the owners' box for the FC Cincinnati match vs. New England Revolution, being named FC Cincinnati's Community MVP and being named Kentucky Youth Soccer Association's administrator of the year has definitely boosted my morale," Dubuc says. "Those who know me well will tell you that I did not donate the time, talent and treasure that I have over the years to my community for any type of recognition or reward. However, I am very humbled and greatly appreciative of the honors that have been bestowed upon me recently."
Dubuc says his health is currently steady. "I have some new aches and pains and some new symptoms, but whether that is a result of the pre-existing cancer as it were, or a result of the new tumors, I really do not know."
Dubuc will have more CT scans done early August and those will determine the next course of action. Despite it all, he remains in good spirit.
"I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, and have a smile on my face every night before I go to bed," he says. "Remaining steadfastly positive and hopeful is perhaps the best medicine that could be prescribed for me at this point in time."
Dubuc's medical expenses are extraordinarily high. A GoFundMe site has been created to help. Visit here to donate.
Extended travel is a bit more difficult for Dubuc these days, but he says having his oldest daughter Kelsey with him at the All-Star game in Orlando will give him extra strength and stamina.
"After the MLS All-Star game, I will be flying directly from Florida up to Connecticut to join up with my three sisters to visit some lifelong family friends and relatives who live in New England," he says. "While I am very much looking forward to the MLS All-Star game and in the trip up East, the travel will most likely cause me some fatigue, pain etc. But as I will be with family and friends, I'm sure the joy of spending time with them will absolutely overcome any fatigue or pain I may have."