Daily Archives: July 14, 2010

2010 World Lacrosse Championships Profile: Team Canada Lacrosse Features Goalie Chris Sanderson Who Is Making His 4th Consecutive World Championships Start While Battling Brain Cancer

Chris Sanderson, 36, a native of Orangeville, Canada who presently resides in Pennington, New Jersey with his wife and two daughters, was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2008. But that has not stopped his plans to play in his 4th consecutive Lacrosse World Championships this summer. Follow his blog and learn about his training and preparation, hear about his health and treatment, and receive fundraising updates. http://chrissanderson2010.blogspot.com/p/chris-story.html

Chris Sanderson is considered by many to be the greatest field lacrosse goalie that Canada has ever produced. After a successful career at the University of Virginia, Sanderson joined the Canadian National Team in 1998. This team waged an epic battle with the US in the finals that year, overcoming an 11-goal deficit but ultimately losing in overtime. Sanderson, however, was selected to the All World Team and voted the Best Goaltender of the Tournament.

Sanderson represented Canada again in 2002, helping his native country earn a silver medal. Four years later, when he returned for his third World Games in 2006, Sanderson led the Canadians to their historic victory over the US, earning the gold metal and ending the Americans’ 28-year winning streak. This 2006 tournament also cemented Sanderson’s place in history as the first goalie to earn All World designation twice.
With all this success, it is no wonder that Canada wants Sanderson between the pipes again as they head to Manchester, England to compete in the 2010 Lacrosse World Championships this July. This time, however, things are a bit more complicated.
On December 9th, 2008, Sanderson was diagnosed with a grade IV malignant brain tumor called Glioblastoma Multiforme. This is considered to be the most aggressive form of brain cancer, almost always terminal, with an average survival duration of 9 to 12 months.
Sanderson has spent the past year following an extensive treatment protocol. This includes what is known as the “standard of care” of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. On top of this, Sanderson is being treated with a newly approved drug called Avastin, an intense regimen of nutritional supplements, and a promising experimental medication he receives at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.
While Sanderson’s prognosis remains poor, so far, he is doing very well. His level of functioning is outstanding with only minor speech deficits from brain surgery and some symptoms primarily due to the side effects of treatment. Remarkably, Sanderson’s last MRI (a brain imaging scan that is done every 8 weeks) on March 15th, found no evidence of disease, so it seems his aggressive treatment approach is working and keeping tumor cells at bay for now.
For Sanderson, each day is a blessing. A year ago, playing in the 2010 World Championships was an impossibility. Today, it is a goal and a great motivation for him to keep fighting. For the rest of us, it is an inspriational symbol of perseverance and determination in the face of cancer.

2010 World Lacrosse Championships: Team Canada Lacrosse Looks To Defends Title With Key 2006 Players Returning

Canada returns most of the key stars from 2006, including Grant, Merrill, Snider and Sanderson. An already talented squad has been bolstered by the addition of such recent collegiate All-Americans as Zack Greer (Duke, Bryant), Garrett Billings (Virginia), Kevin Huntley (Johns Hopkins) and Jordan Hall (Delaware).

 Team USA did not include a faceoff specialist in 2006, an oversight that was exploited by Team Canada in the final. Geoff Snider was a dominant force throughout the 2006 world championships and was named the tournament most valuable player.

Attackman John Grant, defenseman Brodie Merrill and goalkeeper Chris Sanderson led the way as Canada upset the United States 15-10 in the gold medal game. It was a bitter defeat for the American contingent and prompted a complete review of the national program by Jody Martin, men’s division director for US Lacrosse.

Under the direction of Pressler, head coach at Bryant University, the United States went from picking the entire 23-member squad during one weekend to conducting evaluations over the course of several months. Following an initial tryout, a group of 40 players participated in three training weekends that included exhibition games against top Division I schools such as Navy, Maryland and Virginia. That gave the coaching staff, which also includes Ricky Sowell of Stonybrook and Joe Alberici of Army, an opportunity to view the players in a variety of competitive settings.

Perhaps no role player is more important than Alex Smith, a 2007 Delaware graduate who is widely regarded as the best faceoff specialist in the world. Team USA did not include a faceoff specialist in 2006, an oversight that was exploited by Team Canada in the final. Geoff Snider was a dominant force throughout the 2006 world championships and was named the tournament most valuable player.

For more:  http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/yb/147367851

Southern California Lacrosse: “Wheelchair Lacrosse” Fundraiser To Take Place On July 24th In Huntington Beach To Benefit Formation Of Wheelchair Lacrosse Team In Orange County

Come watch a wheelchair lacrosse game (full contact!)  meet the founders of Wheelchair Lacrosse, Ryan Baker and Bill Lundstrom, both paraplegic athletes of San Diego. There will be extra chairs there for non-disabled athletes to give it a try!  Have fun,  eat, and win raffle prizes. Best of all, support fellow lacrosse players who have suffered spinal cord injuries and help get an OC team started.

When: Saturday July 24th from 3-6 pm

The Rinks in Huntington Beach located at 5555 McFadden Ave. off Goldenwest. This inline hockey rink is owned by the Ducks, has been totally remodeled and is beautiful and clean.

Cost: Admission only $5

Raffle: Win a brand new warrior stick for a dollar! Win 4 tickets to the fair, Free Pizza for a year, and other Warrior and STX clothing and lacrosse accessories. (You do not need to be present to win the raffle. If you will not be able to make the event you may still purchase raffle tickets.

The Big Raffle Winner will go win a trip for two to Cabo San Lucas and stay at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Spa and Resort. ($20 raffle ticket)

The money raised will go towards getting a Wheelchair Lacrosse team started in Orange County, adding lacrosse to the athletic departments of nearby Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Centers and buying new sports chairs and equipment for players.

For more information and to see video of WLax visit www.wheelchairlacrosse.com

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