Tag Archives: Cancer

NCAA Lacrosse: The “2011 Catamount Classic – Lacrosse For A Cure For Cancer” Hosted 16 Men’s And Women’s Teams On Oct 9 In Massachussetts (Video)

This past weekend, America East headed over to Braintree, MA to attend the annual Catamount Classic. This year there were 16 teams, both men’s and women’s, as the tournament is part of an effort to raise awareness for cancer.

Lacrosse In The Community: “Kids Wish Network” Grants Young Cancer Patient Her Wish To “Have Season Tickets To The Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse Games”

It didn’t take long for Maygen to figure out what she would choose for her wish.  She chose to have season tickets to the Colorado Mammoth lacrosse games. 

“We scheduled my chemo around the Mammoth games.  They meant everything to me. In two years I have only missed one game,” Maygen said.  “It was inspirational [during chemotherapy treatments] because I knew I needed to be feeling better so I could go to the games.” 

In 2009, after falling ill with the Swine Flu and strep throat, Maygen attributed her constant and extreme exhaustion to her recent battles with the illnesses.  But when lumps were discovered on her neck, it was determined that her lethargy was caused by something more serious: hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. 

Doctors immediately ordered chemotherapy for Maygen, who endured eight rounds of the intense treatment and surgical procedures were done which removed several lumps. 

Shortly after her diagnosis, Maygen’s mother received a phone call from a professional fundraiser for Kids Wish Network.  

“They [the fundraiser] asked her, ‘do you know of any children who may be eligible for a wish?’ and my mom said, ‘yes.  My daughter,'” Maygen said. 

It didn’t take long for Maygen to figure out what she would choose for her wish.  She chose to have season tickets to the Colorado Mammoth lacrosse games. 

“We scheduled my chemo around the Mammoth games.  They meant everything to me. In two years I have only missed one game,” Maygen said.  “It was inspirational [during chemotherapy treatments] because I knew I needed to be feeling better so I could go to the games.” 

After filling out an application and expressing her wish for season tickets, Maygen was soon on her way to the Pepsi Center in an Escalade limo. 

“I always asked for Mammoth tickets for Christmas and my birthday but I never got them,” she said.  “For my wish I got fourth row tickets right behind the goal.  I can almost touch the glass.” 

Aside from attending all the games this season, Maygen will be returning to the Pepsi Center for the “Black out Cancer Night” where the facility and team is planning something special in her honor. 

According to Maygen, she is thrilled that her wish came true and she wouldn’t have changed a thing.  And with season tickets, her wish is a wish that keeps on giving. 

Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for making Maygen’s wish such a special experience:Kroenke Sports Enterprises-Pepsi Center, Braun’s Bar and Grill, Preferred Limousine Service and the Mammoth Team Members

Kids Wish Networkis a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-threatening illnesses. Kids Wish Network is especially proud of their “Guardian Angel Fund”, which uses 100% of its contributions to support the wish granting program. If you know a child between the ages of 3 and 18 who may be in need of wish granting services, or would like to contribute to a child’s wish, please call 727-937-3600 or toll free 888-918-9004. For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org

For more:  http://www.mmdnewswire.com/kids-wish-network-grants-18248.html

Lacrosse In Arizona: Desert Vista Lacrosse Hosts The 3rd Annual “LAX4LIFE Classic” On Dec. 4 With Proceeds Benefitting Club Team And Young Boy Battling “Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)”

Lacrosse Fundraisers: The Third Annual “We Believe Lacrosse Classic” Was Held Nov. 6 In Edgewater, MD To Benefit Cancer Research (Video)

The third-annual “We Believe Lacrosse Classic”, at South River High School in Edgewater, MD was held last Saturday for collegiate players who squared off to raise funds and awareness for cancer.

In the opening round of play, the Black team fell to the Red team, while the Green team advanced over the Blue team. Green proceeded to then dominate the championship game, though all players seemed to take a casual and fun attitude towards the afternoon’s events, just enjoying playing some lacrosse with friends.

The We Believe Foundation grew out of a facebook campaign started by Drexel Goalie Matt Miller and his friends after Miller was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Miller is now cancer free.

From there the organization has grown to sponsor this yearly tournament, where four teams of collegiate players, most from DI schools (obviously bolstered by a large contingent of Miller’s teammates from Drexel), compete in three games and a skills competition. All of the players who participated did so in the name of someone they know or care about who has been affected by cancer.

Money raised by the Lacrosse Classic, as well as other funds the foundation amasses through donations and other activities, go towards helping the financial burden levied on young people who have been diagnosed with cancer.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: John Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse Hosted Clinic To Support Childhood Cancer Program (Video)

JHU Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Clinic to Support Pediatric Cancer Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center

Lacrosse Helping Its Own: Senior Cazenovia (NY) High School Girls Lacrosse Player Taylor Matt Is In Need Of A Bone Marrow Transplant (Video)

Taylor Matt is a senior at Cazenovia (NY) High School and plays for the Cazenovia Varsity Lacrosse team and for the ethix Girls Lacrosse Club. Taylor, a great defender on the field, has leukemia. She has been in remission for five years, but unfortunately her Leukemia has returned.

Because she has been through chemotherapy before, she spends her time talking with and comforting the younger patients that are going through chemo for the first time. That is the kind of person Taylor is, always helping others, trying to lessen their pain and comfort them when they are afraid.

Taylor needs a bone marrow transplant. The doctors have searched the Be The Match Registry and there is currently no match for Taylor.

Part of the difficulty may be Taylor’s Native American heritage, she is 1/4 American Indian.

Racial and ethnic heritage are very important factors in determining a bone marrow match. Because the markers used in matching are inherited, patients are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity.

Today, there simply aren’t enough registry members of diverse racial and ethnic heritage. Adding more diverse members increases the likelihood that all patients will find the life-saving match they need.

Your heritage can make all the difference. If you are from one of the following communities, you are especially encouraged to join the Be The Match Registry. * Black and African American * American Indian and Alaska Native * Asian, including South Asian * Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander * Hispanic and Latino * Multiple race

Sadly, 81% of American Indians do not receive bone marrow transplants within the critical first six months and ultimately not get the life-saving marrow transplant they need. Of the 7 million people on the registry, only 80,000 are American Indian.

The circle of life starts with you.

You have the power to heal, the power to save a life.

To schedule a bone marrow drive in honor of Taylor and the thousands of other patients searching for a life-saving match, please go here. http://giftoflifeonline.org/request/

Lacrosse Fundraising: Team Impact And Foothill Knights Boys Lacrosse Join The National Lacrosse League (NLL) In Raising Money For Breast Cancer Research

The Foothill High School Boys Lacrosse Team (Santa Ana, CA) was represented by eleven players as part of Team Impact, which completed the 2009 Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk For The Cure on Nov. 20-22 in San Diego, CA. Team Impact raised over $28,000 which benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. The event brought together over 4,000 participants and raised over $9,250,000.

The National Lacrosse League is proud to announce its efforts to help "Black Out Breast Cancer" during the 2010 season. Each of the league's eleven teams will host a special-themed "Black Out Breast Cancer Night" during a home game that takes place between March 26 and April 3.