CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Harvard University women's lacrosse team has partnered with Vs. Cancer this season to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. The fundraiser lasted throughout the season, but the team celebrated their efforts on Saturday, March 24 where they won against Columbia 10-8.
In partnership with Vs. Cancer, fifty percent of the money raised will fund national brain tumor research efforts through the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, while the other half goes directly to the pediatric oncology unit at Dana-Farber Cancer Center. The Harvard Crimson raised $46,463.02 thanks to the generous support of their family and friends. This makes the Harvard team the highest collegiate fundraising team of all time for Vs. Cancer.
Caroline Ashford, junior on the Harvard women's lacrosse team said this effort made a huge difference in her season. "Being able to support Vs Cancer's effort to help stamp out childhood cancer has been the highlight of this spring off the field. Sadly, so many of my teammates have had to deal with the effects of cancers in one way or another including my own family." Ashford said. "Coming together as a team to reach our ambitious goal has been amazing. Using Lacrosse as a vehicle to fundraise was a great way to combine our love for the game and our teammates with giving back to our community. It is a great win if together we help make a difference in just one child's life at Dana Farber. Thank you Vs. Cancer for helping us to do this."
Brant Masters, Director of Team Relations for the Vs. Cancer, played collegiate baseball at Furman University and participated with Vs. Cancer as a fundraiser before coming to work for Vs. Cancer full-time. "It is exciting to see the efforts of the Harvard University women's lacrosse team making an immediate impact at Dana-Farber Cancer Center. As college athletes, kids look up to them. They are not only helping local children who are fighting, but are also making a difference for the next child fighting through funding groundbreaking research. With the support of this incredible team, we are going to make a true difference in these children's lives."
Vs. Cancer was founded in 2012 by childhood brain tumor survivor Chase Jones, who was a collegiate baseball player at the University of North Carolina during the time of his diagnosis. The support of his teammates during treatment was his largest source of strength, which Vs. Cancer now provides to kids all across the U.S. by working with college athletic teams.
Vs. Cancer has worked with hundreds of athletes, teams and communities nationwide to fund the comprehensive spectrum of the pediatric cancer battle: from research initiatives across the country to healing programs within local children's hospitals.