CORTLANDT, N.Y. – Athletes from the Hendrick Hudson School District got together and raised awareness and donations throughout May for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, which is for children battling pediatric cancer.
Through their month-long Pediatric Cancer Awareness games, the district raised $2,748 in tandem with the community.
District Athletic Director Tom Baker was proud of the students.
“I am touched that the student-athletes found it in themselves to support this wonderful foundation,” Baker said. “The community supported this endeavor, and for that, a young child will benefit.”
The national organization was created by the family of Jaclyn Murphy in 2005, after she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The goal is to pair up a child with a local team as an honorary member, which has been done more than 600 times across the country.
At Baker's request, Jaclyn's father, Denis, visited Baker on June 16 to receive the check.
“There is no chemotherapy, radiation treatment, or clinical drug more powerful than the love, support, and friendship adoptees receive from Friends of Jaclyn,” Murphy said. “Three children have come out of their bedrooms to participate in Friends of Jaclyn because of the initiatives of Hen Hud student-athletes to raise awareness of pediatric cancer.”
For more information about the organization, go online to www.friendsofjaclyn.org .
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