Marist Women's Soccer Team Holds Fundraiser for Friends of Jaclyn

The Marist Women's Soccer team held a fundraiser Saturday for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. As our Jackson Wang explains, it's all part of an effort to raise awareness of pediatric cancer.

POUGHKEEPSIE -- In 2004, Jaclyn Murphy was diagnosed with malignant brain tumor. She underwent serious treatments in order to beat the cancer. But throughout the process, Jaclyn had the support of a college lacrosse team.

 “When my lacrosse coach saw I didn’t come back and found out why, he had a contact out at Northwestern,” Murphy said.

Jaclyn became an honorary member of the Northwestern University women's lacrosse team, receiving messages and phone calls from players and coaches. The Wildcats went on to finish that season undefeated and national champions.

As Jaclyn continued to battle cancer, she felt there's more that could be done to help others.

“This little girl sitting next to me in the waiting room was asking who keeps calling and texting you, and I said my friends and I turned to my dad and said we need to get this girl a team,” Murphy said.

“That’s when the lightbulb went off and I felt compelled to help these other children that are battling,” said Dennis Murphy, Jaclyn’s Father. 

Soon after, her family started a foundation that pairs college teams with kids with brain tumors and called it "Friends of Jaclyn." 

On Saturday, the Marist women's soccer team held a fundraiser for Jaclyn's foundation, who's now a senior at Marist College. 

“They’ve done so much for our program and we’ve been humbled by the experience of having an adoptee ourselves that it’s only fair to find ways to support the organization,” said Kate Lyn, Marist Women’s Head Soccer Coach. 

Four teams participated in scrimmages as a way to spread awareness and raise money for the foundation. The Marist Women's Lacrosse and Basketball team also took part in the fundraiser, which included raffles, games, and prizes for fans. 

All proceeds went to Friends of Jaclyn. 

“To me it’s amazing that she’s taking the time to do this and spread awareness and it means a lot that she’s honoring it for me,” Murphy said. 

The foundation has paired nearly 700 families with college teams and as Jaclyn graduates this May with a degree in communications, she plans to continue to improve the quality of life for children battling cancer.

“Just the littlest card or call, just coming over, the littlest things mean so much to us cancer kids,” Murphy said.

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