The Washington and Lee women's lacrosse program will join teams across the country in celebrating "Women's Lacrosse Friends of Jaclyn Week." The Generals will play in honor and support of the Friends of Jaclyn (FOJ) Foundation in their upcoming home game on Saturday when they take on No. 2 Franklin & Marshall at 1:00 pm.
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 20-30 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.
This Saturday, the General's FOJ teammate, Maggie, will help cheer on the team as their guest of honor. Additionally, W&L will hold a raffle of Generals women's lacrosse gear and donations may be made with all proceeds benefitting the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
For more information about the Foundation or to make donations online, please visit http://www.friendsofjaclyn.org/