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Sounders Family: Joe Bernstein, the owner of Joe's Grilled Gourmet Dogs, shares his story

If you’re not a fan of hot dogs smothered in cream cheese and grilled onions, this story may not be for you.

(Also, how dare you???)

However, if you’re a fan of an incredible story of a hard-working, kind man whose life was forever changed by the Sounders FC Relief Fund, then you should keep reading.

In September 2011, I had just started my freshman year of college and spent the first couple weeks doing what I moved to Seattle to do: go to as many pro sporting events as possible. I was strolling down Occidental Avenue, completely in awe that this was now my home, and stopped with a friend to get a hot dog on the way to the stadium.