HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team will participate in the Friends of Jaclyn College Week during its two games this weekend against Monmouth on Thursday, April 1 at 3 p.m., and Mount St. Mary's Saturday, April 3, at 11 a.m., at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf. Friends of Jaclyn is a non-profit organization geared towards improving the lives of children and their families affected by pediatric brain tumors. The women's lacrosse team is asking spectators to consider donations to the Friends of Jaclyn upon entry to the turf complex. Quinnipiac will also wear Friends of Jaclyn t-shirts during warm-ups with proceeds from purchasing the t-shirts to go directly to the organization.
The charity began in 2005, following the diagnosis of Jaclyn Murphy with medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, the year before at just nine years old. The Northwestern women's lacrosse team adopted Jaclyn prior to the 2005 season and finished as undefeated NCAA National Champions. The Murphy family started the foundation after realizing that the support and care of the Northwestern student-athletes for their daughter had helped her recovery. As of last spring, the Friends of Jaclyn has over 70 children adopted with more than 200 teams from 17 different sports signed on to participate. This is the second year that the women's lacrosse team participated in the event, raising $1,400 in 2009.