MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Every match, you can find Magan Hall cheering on 901 FC in their 90+ minute battle. But this week, Magan began a new chapter, of a much longer fight.
“I obviously went to a bad place,” Hall said. “It’s the first place you go when you hear the metastasized word.”
Doctors discovered her melanoma had returned. The 31-year old mother was originally diagnosed four years earlier. The Hall family kept Magan’s first bout, mostly private.
“There was a lot of stress and anxiety. At home, the financial aspect. So this time around, my husband was like ‘we can’t do this by ourselves,'” Hall said.
Alex, her husband, started a GoFundMe. They raised over $11,000 in the first 14 hours.
“It was crazy,” Magan said. “I was obviously not expecting any of that.”
A catalyst for the initial flood of donations came from an Instagram post from a family friend, who happens to be Zach Myers, the lead guitarist of the rock band Shinedown.
“That is just the kind of guy Zach is,” Alex Hall said.
Support has come from all over the world, but perhaps most passionately, from fellow members, of the Bluff City Mafia.
“Ever since we started this thing, we said it’s a family.” Bluff City Mafia capo Parks Russell said. “One of our family took a big hit. So I want to do everything we can to show that we actually mean that this is a family, so we’re going to throw all the support around them that we can.”
Memphis 901 FC forward Yochen Graf met with Magan and her family after a recent game. Before the club’s match against Nashville, Hall was named an honorary captain.
“It really, really, really has lifted my spirits,” Magan said. “Just the daily messages of support. It really brightens my day, so were really grateful.”
Magan has already begun treatment. It’s a reality all too familiar to the Hall family. But with every 901 FC match, comes a chance to suspend that reality.
“We forget about, you know, the woes of life,” Alex said. “We cheer for our club, we’re arm and arm with our friends, and for 90 minutes we forget about everything, and just be happy.”
A beautiful thought, on the beautiful game.