This article was submitted to 1780 by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
More children die from cancer in the United States than any other disease. The Transylvania University men’s lacrosse Pioneers have 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 Sunday during their annual home scrimmage game, which has been dubbed, “The Steak and Hot Dogs Game.”
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, Transy’s men’s lacrosse team have selected Kentucky Children’s Hospital to receive a portion of the funds they raise. The team has cumulatively raised over $10,000 since 2017 and are counting on the generous support of their family, friends and fans to help continue to beat their 2019 fundraising goal of $4,000.
Tammy Bates, director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Southeast Region, understands how vital these athletes are to the nonprofit’s mission. “We applaud the efforts and generous spirit of the Transylvania Pioneers,” Bates said. “Vs. Cancer wasn’t just built by athletes for athletes. We were started by a pediatric brain cancer survivor, 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.”
Visit https://team.curethekids.org/transylvaniaunivmenslax2019 to learn more about the Transylvania University men’s lacrosse team’s fundraising efforts, and please come to the scrimmage at 1 p.m. Sunday at Transylvania’s Fourth Street Athletics Complex to show your support for the Pioneers and Vs. Cancer.
About the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
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 $44 million in scientific discovery 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.