Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sport Teams Adopt Kids With Malignant Brain Tumors

5-year-old Tyler Bloom, struck with a malignant brain tumor at age 4,
 helps out with the coin toss at a Towson football game.
 Photo by Brendan Cavanaugh.
In 2004, 9-year-old Jaclyn Murphy was diagnosed with a medullo-blastoma, a malignant brain tumor. She longed to play lacrosse again.

In 2005, two unrelated friends of the Murphy family told Northwestern University's Lacrosse coach about Jaclyn's story and asked them if they could help. The team promptly adopted Jaclyn as an honorary member. Jaclyn's strength, courage, relentless spirit, and joy for life inspired everyone.

The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ) was founded to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families by pairing them with college and high school athletic teams. The FOJ program has grown  to over 300 children who have been adopted by high school and college teams across the country. 

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