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Mount’s Women’s Lacrosse Team Honored ‘Adopted’ Cancer Survivor and Friends of Jaclyn Foundation

April 10, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

More than 200 fans of the Mount Saint Mary College women’s lacrosse team braved the elements on Saturday, April 2 to cheer on their team and to show support for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ) and the Knight’s “adopted” teammate, Brielle, a young cancer survivor who they adopted back in the fall.

Pictured at Right: Brielle and two players from the Mount’s women’s lacrosse team.

The game served as an awareness and fundraiser event for the FOJ. The foundation, which is based out of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., helps improve the quality of life for children and teens battling cancer by pairing afflicted children, as well as their siblings with local high school and college sports teams, campus clubs, and arts programs.

“We have more than 700 children adopted by sports teams across the country,” said Denis Murphy, FOJ founder and president, adding “the love and support these children get from their teams is truly a gift.”

“Knowing that I have a family like this means the world to me and others who are battling cancer,” said Brielle, who participated in the pre-game preparations, including a locker room dance party. “They cheered me on during my recovery, and knowing that I can call them any time to talk about lacrosse or anything that’s important to me, is incredible. I encourage anyone to get involved to do so.”

Although the Knights—who donned special teal jerseys with Brielle’s name and the FOJ logo on the backs—did not pull off a win against Farmingdale State, the real winners were Brielle and the FOJ. Proceeds from T-Shirt and raffle sales were donated to the foundation.

During half-time, Murphy and Brielle presented the coaches from each team with an Alex and Ani bracelet featuring a charm with the FOJ logo.

“With the help of Brielle and the lessons we learned from the FOJ foundation, it allowed us to continue pushing ourselves on Saturday and will for the rest of the season,” said senior captain Claire Duffy.

“Brielle is an inspiration for us all to fight, do our best and to keep moving forward. Seeing her on the sideline with the team reminded us of the greater purpose we serve as members of the lacrosse community,” said junior captain Amanda Clemens. “The FOJ game helped to raise awareness and support for the foundation, Brielle and her family.”

Brielle underwent chemotherapy to treat ovarian cancer during the fall. In January, 2016, her doctors gave her the “all clear” status, and she is now back to work on the lacrosse field at Yorktown High School, where she is a member of the Junior Varsity team.

                   

The Mount Saint Mary College Lacrosse Team; coaches, Julia Steese (middle row, left), and Mike Lowell (top row, second from right); Brielle (top row center); and FOJ Founder, Denis Murphy (top row, far right).