Catch up with the young cancer survivor who inspired UC's undefeated 2009 season and attend Feb. 19 playdate event at UC to help kids who are battling disease.
February 2, 2011
Few who are close to the University of Cincinnati Football program have forgotten the site of 12-year-old Mitch Stone walking the Bearcat sidelines during UC’s undefeated season in 2009.
Mitch, whose world had been wrecked with brain cancer, was adopted by the team, and more than a hundred UC football players rallied around the Anderson Township youngster as he fought for his life. The more they loved Mitch, the more they seemed to learn about themselves. By the end of the regular season, Mitch was cancer free, and the team stood undefeated.
These days, Mitch remains healthy, but his support system hasn’t stopped fighting for kids like himself who need to be rallied around. Leading the way is Mitch’s Mom, Dee Stone, Bus ’79, JD ’82, who now pours herself into a nonprofit called Mitch’s Mission.
Mitch’s Mission grew out of the relationship between the UC Bearcat football team and Mitch. With the help of the team, the family started Mitch’s Mission so that they could continue helping children facing similar health challenges.