Published On: Fri, Jul 17th, 2015

The Battle for Dwyane: Palm Beach Suns Host Game for Charity


Palm Beach Suns FC head coach, Eduardo de Souza


Palm Beach Suns FC head coach, Eduardo De Souza, was flipping through his channels one night and came across something that caught his eye.

He saw a story on Channel 10 about an 18-year old battling Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, an extremely rare and undiagnosed heart disease. “I saw that on TV and my heart was compelled to help,” De Souza said.

The 18-year old is Dwayne Mitchell,  son of Miami Beach Police Detective Christopher Mitchell, who was found unresponsive by his grandmother on May 16th.

Doctors told Dwayne’s family that the teen went into cardiac arrest after contracting a viral infection. From this they were able to determine that Dwayne had the heart disease Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

Dwayne suffered a large amount of swelling to his brain, but the family is hopeful that he will recover.

De Souza was moved by the story and called the Miami Beach Police department to see how he could help.

After the conversation with the police department, De Souza thought the best thing to do was involve the club he coaches, Palm Beach Suns.

The Palm Beach Suns are a semi-professional team that plays in the Premier Development League (PDL) and play their home games at West Boca High School.

The club and its ownership jumped on the opportunity to help Dwayne Mitchell and his family.

During  their upcoming game versus the Florida Adrenaline, the Suns will be donating all their ticket profits to Dwayne’s family.

“I want to help them in any way I can,”De Souza said. “I can’t imagine what they are going through but I want them to know they are not alone.”

The game, which is Saturday, July 18 at 7pm at West Boca Community High School, is the Suns’ final home game of the season.

Tickets to watch the game are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

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