Three Muhlenberg Teams Join Fight Against Cancer

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Three Muhlenberg sports teams have joined the fight against cancer.

Baseball, softball and women’s lacrosse are all doing their part to assist in fundraising efforts for cancer research, culminating in special events during selected games over the next two weeks.

vs cancer logo Members of the Mule baseball team will have their heads shaved following Saturday’s doubleheader against Washington College in support of the Vs. Cancer Foundation. Founded by Chase Jones, who was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer as a freshman baseball player at the University of North Carolina, 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.

The Mules are raising money for the organization through an online pledge form and e-mails to family and friends. Half of all proceeds will benefit national childhood cancer research, and the other half will help kids directly at Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital. Last year, Jones himself made the trip up from Raleigh to help with the postgame trimmings and talk to the team about his story and the mission of the organization he founded.

To donate to the foundation, visit the Mules’ team page by clicking here.

strikeout cancer logo The Muhlenberg softball team will also be holding its event on Saturday. The Mules annually participate in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s “StriKeOut Cancer” program. Since starting the StriKeOut Cancer initiative over 10 years ago, NFCA membership teams have raised tens of thousands of dollars to support the fight against cancer. In addition to fundraised dollars, this initiative has provided a platform to raise awareness for breast cancer as well as support for women’s cancer research.

The Mules will sell pink ribbons and t-shirts and solicit pledges for every offensive hit and defensive strikeout they have during the doubleheader against Washington.

To donate, visit the Mules’ team page by clicking here.

friends of jaclyn logo The women’s lacrosse team is joining in with a fundraiser for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Founded in 2005, the organization’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors and to raise awareness about this insidious disease.

Friends of Jaclyn was founded in honor of Jaclyn Murphy, who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, in 2004. In 2005, Jaclyn became connected to and was later adopted as an honorary member of the women’s lacrosse team at Northwestern University. Jaclyn’s courage and joy for life inspired the players to achieve a “perfect season,” winning Northwestern’s first NCAA championship in 64 years. After the season, the Murphy family started the foundation to pair children with pediatric brain tumors with college and high school athletic teams.

During their game against Washington next Saturday, the Mules will collect donations for Friends of Jaclyn and raffle off gifts donated by local businesses.

To donate, visit the Mules’ team page by clicking here.

The links to donate are on all three sport home pages in the red box at the right.