The 10th-ranked Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team teamed up with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation prior to the 2008 season and adopted Drew Goodman, a young boy fighting brain cancer. On Saturday evening, the Generals will be hosting Drew for their game against Franklin & Marshall at 7:00 pm.
Drew will serve as the team's honorary captain for the game and the Generals will be holding a 50/50 raffle with all proceeds benefitting the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization, whose goal is to improve the quality of life for children suffering from pediatric brain tumors and helps fund research. The FOJ Foundation matches children, based on geographic location, with college or high school sports teams. Once a match has been made, there is a ceremonial adoption, and the child is instantly surrounded by a team of friends and a loving support network.
The Foundation was created after the Northwestern "Wildcats" women's lacrosse team formed a relationship with Jaclyn Murphy, an 11 year-old who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in March 2004. Jaclyn's extended family of the Wildcats produced a group of "older sisters" helping her as she continually battles her illness. In turn, Jaclyn has enhanced the team through her contagious joy of life, courage, strength and relentless spirit.
For more information about the Foundation or to make donations online, please visit http://www.friendsofjaclyn.org/.