“Bringing the Community Together for a Great Cause”—Coach Wells

Kicks for Cancer Weekend 2021
Saturday, September 25, 2021
-Kicks for Cancer 
Sunday, September 26, 2021
-The Mighty Moose 5k



In late September, Kicks for Cancer brings together soccer players and fans at Concord-Carlisle High School in Concord, MA, to support local high school teams and to rally to advance ovarian cancer prevention. Players take to the fields wearing jerseys with the name of a loved one who has battled cancer displayed on their backs. This year, the fields will once again be filled with men’s and women’s soccer games starting early in the day and stretching into the evening.



Kicks for Cancer Weekend 2021
​save the dates for

Saturday, September 25, 2021
-Kicks for Cancer 
Sunday, September 26, 2021


About Lois Wells
To say that my mom was a wonderful person would be an understatement.  She was a truly remarkable person: an amazing and devoted mother, a caring friend, a woman of strong faith, who lived a healthy life.  When some abdominal discomfort eventually led her to a diagnosis of Stage Four Ovarian Cancer in 2006, our family was shocked given what a healthy person she was.  We were even more shocked when, after a successful surgery to remove much of the cancer at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and seemingly successful chemotherapy treatments at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, she was unable to overcome her battle with cancer and passed away in March of 2007, less than a year after her initial diagnosis, at the age of 67.  Throughout everything, she remained faith-filled, positive, upbeat, and optimistic, even when her prognosis became bleak.

Kicks for Cancer originated in 2007 as an idea – a way to honor the life and spirit of Lois Wells, the mother of Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) varsity soccer alums (1996-1998) Steve Wells and Dan Wells (1989-1990).  After playing soccer for Connecticut College (1999-2002), Steve returned to CCHS as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team in 2003.  In 2009, Steve joined the CCHS Special Education department as tutor and has been a Special Education teacher since 2012.  We asked Steve to share his thoughts on the history of Kicks for Cancer and its impact:

The First Kicks for Cancer Event–2007
​The first Kicks for Cancer event was played at Memorial Stadium at CCHS in October 2007–a single game against Boston Latin High School.  The idea of the game originated from the brilliance of CCHS coach Ray Pavlik who had rallied the team to do something to support me during a very difficult time for me after our mother’s death.  Initially, CCHS staff had looked into doing a charity walk/run in memory of my mother, but when fundraising minimums made this impossible for a team of 20-plus players and coaches, Coach Pavlik came up with the idea of playing a benefit game where all of the CCHS players wore pink jerseys with ‘WELLS’ on the back to honor my mother.  The first event was very successful and featured the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by members of the choir from my mother’s church, Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA, a ceremonial “first kick” done by my nephew Wells Ipema to the team captains, and many alumni in attendance.  I was blown away by the $8,000 that we raised and donated in support of women’s cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Little did I know that this was only the beginning and would be much more than a one-time event.​


Kicks for Cancer Expanded
I had assumed that the first Kicks for Cancer was just a one-time event, so when Coach Pavlik approached me the next season and said that the plan was to do it again, I was shocked–a great surprise!  The event took off, eventually expanding into two games side-by-side in 2010, six games in 2011 and sixteen soccer games in 2019. The Concord-Carlisle and Lincoln-Sudbury women’s teams first joined the Kicks lineup in 2013 to the delight of soccer fans.  The most amazing thing was that each year we raised more money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute than the previous year.  Every time I was told how much money was raised, I was more and more blown away!  The generosity of the CCHS community and now that of many other towns is indescribable.  The time, effort, and energy that is put into Kicks for Cancer by Coach Pavlik and so many parent volunteers (as the event has grown, a committee had to be formed to handle all the various aspects of the event) is unbelievable.
Kicks for Cancer Today
Now, including the partnership with CCHS Field Hockey’s Sticks for Cancer, the CCHS Cross Country teams’ K(ilometer)s for Cancer, the CCHS Pink Dance, and The Mighty Moose 5k Run/WalkKicks for Cancer is the cornerstone of an incredible weekend which is so much more than just soccer.  It truly brings the community together for a great cause, and I am beyond humbled and awed by the magnitude of the event.  That, combined with the specific donation to Dr. Elias’s lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to fund ovarian cancer early detection and treatment efforts, makes me and so many others in the community proud to be a part of this event each year.  Our commitment to cancer research and to the patients and families impacted by cancer is unwavering.  Thank you to everyone involved–the players, the volunteers, and the community!





Events and towns supporting Kicks for Cancer!

Kicks for Cancer Weekend 2021
​save the dates for

Friday, September 24, 2021
​-Pink Dance (will be canceled this year due to Covid concerns)
Saturday, September 25, 2021
-Kicks for Cancer 
Sunday, September 26, 2021
-The Mighty Moose 5k

Soccer Teams
Boston Latin
Holliston* (Field Hockey only)
Newton North
Newton South
Woburn* Soccer and Field Hockey teams

PictureThe Mighty Moose Fun Run/Walk is held in memory of Jenna Swaim, a loving mother and wife who lost her courageous four year battle to ovarian cancer on July 3, 2018. She was 43 years old. The name of the event is inspired by Jenna’s Alaskan roots, love for fun, and strength! The event is part of the Kicks for Cancer weekend, which is the very successful fundraiser that the Concord Carlisle High School soccer team and coaches Ray Pavlik & Steve Wells started in 2007.

Together, we will continue Jenna‘s legacy and vision to raise crucial funding for this cause. All funds raised will support the ovarian cancer research of Dr. Kevin Elias of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Together we are making a difference!

Jenna Hoge Swaim, age 43, of Concord, Massachusetts, died peacefully at home on July 3, 2018, after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Jenna grew up enjoying the majestic views and pristine landscapes of Alaska. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1996, where she played varsity soccer, earned multiple league honors, and served as the team captain her senior year. Upon graduation, she worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley and received a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 2001. She transitioned from finance to human resources and worked at OneBeacon Insurance and PeopleFluent, all while raising her young family. Jenna thrived in and loved her career.

Jenna met Derek Swaim the first weekend at graduate school. They shared passions for sports, the outdoors, and traveling and after getting married settled in Concord, Massachusetts. She cherished nothing more than Derek and their three beautiful children Luke, Jason, and Nora, and she put all of her incredible spirit, talent, and energy into her family. They brought smiles and laughter to her heart every day. Jenna was active in her community and tirelessly supported her children’s schools, clubs, and abundant activities, always cheering for, and often coaching, them and their teams. With her family, she enjoyed hiking, biking, running, golfing, skiing, and the outdoors, and together they traveled extensively.

Her extended family and friends were also very important to her. Jenna possessed a gift for forming lasting friendships wherever she went. She loved getting family and friends together. She was tremendously thankful for all the support that her sister, family, friends, neighbors, and children’s teachers provided to her family and her.

Her positive and kind attitude was infectious. She will be remembered by the many lives she touched for her bright smile, humility, thoughtfulness, strength of character, and dedication to every endeavor. Jenna loved life, cherished it, and lived it to the fullest. She was extremely grateful and felt lucky to have had such a full life in a short period of time.

-The Mighty Moose 5k



Kicks For Cancer 2020

Dear Friends and neighbors,

On behalf of the Kicks for Cancer 2020 Committee, we are reaching out to ask for your support!  It is important and will make a difference in our collective fight against cancer.  And as cancer research doesn’t take a break during a pandemic, neither does Kicks for Cancer!

Kicks for Cancer is an annual event held at Concord-Carlisle High School that has been raising funds for women’s cancer research and ovarian cancer research for 14 years.  The event began in honor of Lois Wells of Concord, MA, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2007.  It honors all those affected by cancer in our community and beyond and has raised over $490,000 to fund research.

Normally, Kicks is an all-day soccer and field hockey tournament at CCHS; however, this year, due to health and safety concerns, the event will be virtual.  We believe our presence in the community is more important than ever this year!  Here is how you can help support Kicks:

  • Kicks Lawn Signs: Join the community and purchase a Kicks lawn sign.  Signs are $25 each and come in pink or teal.  Honor a loved one by writing their name on the back.  Sign pick-up is at Emerson Field in Concord on Saturday, September 19th from 10am – 2pm.
  • Kicks Merchandise:  Get your kicks on by shopping for Kicks merchandiseincluding shirts, lanyards, car magnets, scarves, and headbands.
  • Donate:  Please consider making a Kicks donation.  Any amount is greatly appreciated!
  • Visit our website:  Check out Kicks player “shirt stories,” alumni memories, and the history of Kicks to learn more.
  • Sponsor: Do you know any local businesses that would like to help sponsor Kicks?  The company’s logo will appear on our Kicks website, social media, email marketing, and press coverage.  Please contact: Trish Siefer at

Kicks for Cancer continues to partner with The Mighty Moose event to fuel funding for ovarian cancer research. You can hear the backstory and impact of funding from Dr. Kevin Elias here. “Philanthropy is vital to helping move this work forward.”

Thank you for helping us keep the Kicks for Cancer tradition alive in our community!

With gratitude,

The Kicks for Cancer 2020 Committee

Kicks for Cancer and The Mighty Moose are this weekend in Concord, MA

Many fundraising events are taking place this weekend in Concord, MA to support cancer research. If you have some time, please join!
Below is a brief description of how members of our community are
supporting cancer research.

The 13th Annual Lois Wells Memorial “Kicks for Cancer” event will
be held on Saturday, September 28, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Please join us at CCHS on this exciting and meaningful day in support of women’s
cancer research.

Kicks for Cancer is this Saturday. Started in  20​07, Kicks for Cancer is played annually in support of all families who have been touched by this awful disease. All proceeds from the evening’s game will be
donated in memory of Lois Wells to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to support women’s cancer research. Teams will wear pink or teal
uniforms to support breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

For the first three years of the event, only one game was played.
Starting in 2010, Kicks for Cancer expanded to 2 games. The
following year the event expanded again, featuring 6 games and now features 10 matches between some of the top high school soccer
teams in Massachusetts. The 2017 Kicks for Cancer event will see 7
recent state champion teams take the field.

“Kicks Weekend” now includes the Pink Dance (the all-school dance on Friday night led by CCHS students), the Saturday Sticks and Kicks for Cancer games (Field Hockey & Soccer), and the Mighty Moose 5K FunRun on Sunday. All three events during “Kicks Weekend” have
one goal – to raise money for ovarian cancer research. Total
donations from “Kicks Weekend” events will go directly to Dr. Kevin Elias’ lab at the Dana Farber Institute. Dr. Elias’ lab is developing a
groundbreaking new blood test for early detection and diagnosis of
ovarian cancer. This is on the forefront of ovarian cancer research
and we are all proud to contribute in support of this work.
Please plan to come out and be a part of Kicks for Cancer 2019!!!

Since it’s inception, Kicks for Cancer has raised $463,347.02 

2018 – $112,556.42
2017 – $62,642.30
2016 – $60,021.00
2015 – $46,940.00
2014 – $44,307.65
2013 – $33,409.01
2012 – $28,989.96
2011 – $28,273.27
2010 – $17,051.00
2009 – $10,124.25
2008 – $11,032.40
2007 – $8,000.00
The 2018 Kicks for Cancer raised $112,556.42

Turf 1 – UPPER Turf 2 – UPPER Field
9:30 AM Reading vs. Woburn (Boys) Newton South vs Westford (Boys)
11:45 PM Boston Latin vs Waltham (Boys) Acton-Boxborough vs Cambridge Rindge & Latin
2:00 PM Concord-Carlisle vs LS (Girls) Bedford vs Acton-Boxborough (Girls)
4:15 PM Concord-Carlisle vs LS (Boys) Bedford vs Wayland (Boys)

Lower Field – Stadium
9:00 AM Concord-Carlisle Field Hockey JV vs Lexington JV
10:30 AM Concord-Carlisle Field Hockey Varsity vs Lexington Varsity
12:30 PM Needham vs. Lexington (Boys)
2:45 PM Newton North vs. Brookline (Boys)

UPPER Grass Field
9:00 AM Concord-Carlisle v Lincoln-Sudbury JV Soccer (Girls)
11:15 AM Concord-Carlisle JV Soccer v Lincoln-Sudbury JV Soccer (Boys)
1:30 PM Weston vs Cambridge Rindge & Latin (Girls)
3:45 PM Burlington vs Wakefield (Boys)

Sunday is the Mighty Moose!

The Mighty Moose Fun Run/Walk is held in memory of Jenna Swaim, a loving mother and wife who lost her courageous four year battle
to ovarian cancer on July 3, 2018. She was 43 years old.  The name of the event is inspired by Jenna’s Alaskan roots, love for fun, and
strength! The event is part of the Kicks for Cancer weekend, which is the very successful Dana Farber fundraiser that Ray Pavilk and the
Concord Carlisle High School soccer team started several years ago.  

Together, we will continue Jenna‘s legacy and vision to raise crucial
funding for this cause on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Last year in
our first year, we were able to raise over $63,000 and had over 1,200 race registrants.  This year, our new goal is $150,000! All funds raised will support the ovarian cancer research of Dr. Kevin Elias of
Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


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