Men’s lacrosse team partners with Vs. Cancer Foundation

Athletics,

This season, the Lake Erie College men’s lacrosse team has partnered with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.


All are invited to a “Meet the Team” event on Saturday, March 11, where the men’s lacrosse players will hold an open practice and will tell the story of Jeffrey Carver, a local young man who is winning his battle against cancer.

The team first met Jeffrey when he attended one of their skills camps and impressed them with his drive and energy. He had an anaplastic ependymoma removed from the top of his spinal cord and since has been playing for the local lacrosse team, the Lake Erie Lightning.

“As he ran into the skills sessions, Jeffrey’s parents told me about his tremendous battles so far in life, but also stressed how his story is one of victory and strength,” said Steve Gartelman, head coach of the Storm men’s lacrosse team. “It has been a pleasure for our team to cross paths with Jeffrey and the Carver family.”

The open practice on March 11 costs $10 (cash or check made out to Lake Erie College Men's Lacrosse) and will run from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium with a meet the team event at 4:00 p.m. in the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. The meet the team portion of the day is also $10 to attend, with all proceeds benefitting the Vs. Cancer Foundation. Fifty percent of the money raised will fund national brain tumor research efforts, the deadliest form of childhood cancer, while the other half will go directly to the local pediatric oncology efforts.

The men’s lacrosse team’s fundraiser will last throughout the season, but the team will celebrate its efforts on Saturday, March 25 with a special Vs. Cancer game at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium against the University of Indianapolis. There is no cost to attend this game. 

“As a team we are honored to work with the Carver family as well as the Vs. Cancer Foundation to achieve the fundraising and awareness goals we have set,” said Coach Gartelman. “As a collegiate lacrosse program, too often the daily grind of trying to win games clouds the special moments life can provide. We are so grateful to have our team utilizing our platform to help this amazing cause.”

Founded in 2012 by childhood cancer survivor Chase Jones, the Vs. Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving kids’ lives by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts. Jones was a collegiate baseball player at the University of North Carolina during the time of his diagnosis and credits the support of his teammates during his treatment as his largest source of strength. 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.

“It is exciting to see the efforts of the Lake Erie College men’s lacrosse team making an immediate impact in their community,” said Brant Masters, Director of Team Relations for the Vs. Cancer Foundation. “As college athletes, kids look up to them. They are not only helping local children who are fighting cancer, 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.”

To donate to the men’s lacrosse team’s fundraiser, visit https://team.vs-cancer.org/lakeerielax2017. Contact Coach Gartelman at sgartelman@lec.edu with any questions.

Additional information on the Vs. Cancer Foundation is available at http://www.vs-cancer.org/.

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