WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - - More children die from cancer in the United States than any other disease. The Williams College men's lacrosse has teamed up with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Vs. Cancer program to change this. Throughout the season, the team is raising awareness and funds for local kids with cancer, and they will celebrate their efforts on April 6th during their home game against NESCAC rival Amherst College.
Started by pediatric brain cancer survivor and former collegiate baseball player Chase Jones, Vs. Cancer empowers any sports team, any athlete, and any community to help kids with cancer. As a signature fundraising campaign of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Vs. Cancer proceeds help fund child life programs in local hospitals and groundbreaking research to cure pediatric brain tumors, the deadliest childhood cancer.
In partnership with Vs. Cancer, the team has selected the pediatric oncology unit at Albany Medical Center to receive a portion of the funds they raise. They have already raised just over $10,000 thanks to the generous support of their family and friends and the Ephs currently lead in funds raised by collegiate teams.
Tom Carmean, director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's (PBTF) Northeast region, understands how vital these athletes are to the nonprofit's mission. "We applaud the efforts and generous spirit of the Williams College lacrosse team! Vs. Cancer wasn't just built by athletes for athletes. A pediatric brain cancer survivor started PBTF, and we see every day how important family support and research are for children to thrive. With the support of this incredible team, we're fighting for healthier, happier futures for these kids!"
As the world's leading nonprofit dedicated to children and teens with brain tumors, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's mission is to care for families along their journey, cure all childhood brain tumors, and help survivors and families thrive. In 2016 the Vs. Cancer Foundation merged with the PBTF and now is a signature fundraising campaign of the nonprofit. Since 1991, the PBTF has funded more than $30 million in research to increase survivorship, improve quality of life, and ultimately eliminate pediatric brain tumors. We also provide emotional support, information, resource referrals, and other free services to families, including emergency financial assistance, peer support, and college and vocational scholarships. In addition to Vs. Cancer, the PBTF hosts Ride for Kids and Starry Night.
Call 800-253-6530 or visit www.curethekids.org/mission to join us in our mission to Care. Cure. Thrive.