A Cure Is Our Goal. Red Card Cancer is a call to action to help defeat the world’s biggest opponent by uniting the global game of soccer in the fight against cancer.


Everyone has been touched by cancer. Red Card Cancer is a community committed to raising money and awareness for cancer research. Through engaging and working with all levels of the greater soccer community, Red Card Cancer seeks to become how the soccer community can fight cancer, together.


  • The game of soccer and the culture of sportsmanship surrounding the most popular game in the world;
  • Through initiating fundraising and awareness projects across all levels of the greater soccer community, Red Card Cancer aims to unite soccer and the fight against cancer; and
  • Accountability and a culture of transparency to those who make donations to support our efforts, assuring that proceeds from gifts made to Red Card Cancer support cancer research.

A Cure Is Our Goal

Everyone has been touched by cancer, including many within the U.S. soccer community. As players, coaches, and administrators, we know the power and passion of the U.S. soccer community. Our mission is to tap into that passion and to direct it towards finding a cure for cancer. By engaging and working with all levels of the soccer community, Red Card Cancer seeks to become a vehicle for how the soccer community can fight cancer, together.

Our History

Red Card Cancer began in the fall of 2009 on the campus of Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. What started as a tribute to founder Paul Payne’s long time friend and mentor, Joe Bochicchio, has grown into a 501(c)(3) organization with national reach and a growing impact on all levels of soccer in the United States. Since 2010, RCC has been closely affiliated with the internationally renowned Johns Hopkins’ Sidney Kimmel Cancer Research Center. In 2018, RCC entered into a new partnership with the American Cancer Society.