Some sad news out of MLS, as former referee Terry Vaughn has Huntington’s Disease and an online campaign has been formed to help his family pay for his medical costs.
Vaughn was a referee in various levels of American soccer for decades, including several years officiating MLS and international matches.
Huntington’s Disease is an inherited disease that is degenerative and eventually terminal. As it progresses, it attacks both the brain and body, with difficult symptoms that can only be managed for a time.
The online crowdfunding campaign that has been established is aiming to raise $10,000, which will include planned modifications to the Vaughn family home to deal with Terry’s treatment. So far, more than $6,000 has been raised.
Clearly, professional soccer games do not exist without officiating crews at the center of them. For all the guff that referees (fairly or not) are given, a Huntington’s Disease diagnosis is a major blow for any person and family, and here’s hoping the MLS family can rally around Terry Vaughn and help alleviate some of the financial burdens his disease has created. If you’ve got a little bit to spare, please consider donating to the cause.
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