When Zak Boggs isn't busy playing for the New England Revolution he helps researchers at Children's Hospital Boston. Boggs grew up in West Virginia and in his second year in MLS is
competing for a job upfront or wide in midfield. His father is a surgeon in West Virginia; his mother is his father’s nurse practitioner. While living with a family one summer in Bradenton,
Fla., while at an IMG Academy, the family's mother dealt with liver and lung cancer.
“To see how the family coped with that, it made me sad,” Boggs said. “But she’s like a second mother to me. She’s still fighting the fight.”
Boggs was so moved by the woman’s struggle it was part of the reason he chose to major in biomedical sciences at the University of South Florida. Last year while visiting patients at Children’s Hospital Boston, Boggs told officials about his background and interest in working in one of their laboratories. He had volunteered at hospitals in Tampa when he was a student. He now works with urine samples, and helps the diagnosticians run tests on the proteins that can determine cures for breast cancer and prostate cancer.
"Both soccer and scientific research take dedication and determination,” said Dr. Marsha Moses, one is of the nation’s pre-eminent cancer researchers and whom Boggs served as an intern and guest researcher. “Zak came to us during a break from the playing field and was able to take off his cleats and put on his research hat. He is a great student and has worked side by side with my team, learning and contributing to our work.”