Arlington, Va. – Marymount University’s men’s lacrosse team is “Going Gold” to support the Mason Leach Superstar Fund and the American Childhood Cancer Organization in an effort to raise awareness of childhood cancers.
The men’s lacrosse program has spent the past several years volunteering with the Mason Leach Superstar Fund in memory of a local Arlington boy who passed away from medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer, in October 2007. Unable to participate in this year’s Mason Mile, the Saints are looking to honor Mason with a significant contribution to the ACCO and the Superstar Fund.
During this year’s upcoming homecoming celebration on September 28, current and former Saints student-athletes will don gold ribbons, stickers, netting and shoelaces during their annual alumni game on Marymount’s campus. The men’s lacrosse team will also volunteer at the Acumen Solutions Race for Cause on October 13 in Arlington.
In 1997, a group of parents started discussing the creation of a universal awareness ribbon for children with cancer. Many colors were considered, but after much thought, it was decided that the color gold was the perfect choice for our cause. Gold is a precious metal, and our children are precious.
Families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the United States observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., almost 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease. The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and - importantly - to help raise funds for research and family support.
Donations can be made to the ACCO through the following link: http://give.acco.org/fundraise?fcid=259631
For more information, visit us at www.marymount.edu/athletics/mLacrosse/GoGold
or on facebook at www.facebook.com/mugoesgold