LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team will be hosting a Friends of Jaclyn Day in honor and support of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation in its upcoming home game on March 24 when the Generals face off against Mary Washington at 2:00 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 their families, while raising funds for research. The FOJ Foundation matches children with college or high school sports teams based on geographic proximity so the child can be involved with the team as much as possible. Once a match has been made, the child is "adopted" by the team and becomes an honorary team member.
The foundation was started in 2005 after the Northwestern University women's lacrosse team formed a relationship with 9-year-old Jaclyn Murphy, who had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in March 2004. Jaclyn's relationship with the players allowed her to have a continuous support group helping her through the battles of treatment. In turn, Jaclyn enhanced the team through her contagious joy of life, courage, strength and relentless spirit.
The Generals' FOJ teammate, 17-year-old Maggie Reca, will be recognized as the team's guest of honor when they take on Mary Washington. Maggie's parents, Kathi and Joe, and her younger brother, Eric, will also be in attendance and honored before the start of the game. Additionally, W&L will be collecting donations throughout the contest to benefit the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
For more information about the Foundation, please visit the Friends of Jaclyn website.