HAMDEN, Conn. – Over the last few weeks the women's lacrosse program has raised money for the Friends Of Jaclyn Foundation. Starting from March 27 the program set a goal to raise $5,000 for the foundation. To date the team has nearly doubled their goal by raising $9,227.
The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation is named after Jaclyn Murphy, a nine year old who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2004. In 2005, Murphy became connected and was later "adopted" by the Northwestern women's lacrosse program. After being inspired by Murphy the team went on to win the national championship in each of the next seven seasons. The Murphy family started the foundation which helps improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors by pairing them with college and high school athletic teams.
"In the fall, our team was set up with The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. We were lucky enough to be paired with a young woman named Catherine Rose. In many cases younger children are set up with athletic teams. Since Cat is our age, we were able to interact with her on a deeper level. Cat has made an impact on our team since the day we met her; she inspires us to take advantage of every moment on the field, and reminds us to live life to the fullest and to never hold back," stated Junior Positive Play Leader Samantha Tilts.
"I am very proud of the effort our players and staff put into fundraising for the Friends of Jaclyn Day event. I think it shows how committed they are to helping others and having a positive impact on the lives of others. The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation is a worthy cause, and our program has benefitted from the relationship we've developed with Catherine Rose over the course of the year," said Head Coach Danie Caro.
On April 6th against Canisius the team held their Friends of Jaclyn Day game. Cat Rose served as the honorary captain for the game. "People of our age group fail to understand the importance of every day. Cat has reminded us that every day is an opportunity to strive for the best and to push the limits of every boundary. Most of all, Cat has taught us how to fight. She exemplifies so much strength, courage, and life. She is one of the greatest motivators not only on the field, but in our lives," said Tilts.
Quinnipiac will wrap up the 2014 season on Sunday, April 27th at 12 PM when they travel to Lewiston, N.Y. to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles.
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