Arlington, Va. – Marymount University’s women’s basketball team raised $400 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during its annual Tip-Off Tournament on November 16-17.
The Saints were inspired by the story of Keeley Imel, the sister of a high school classmate of Marymount senior Katelyn Fischer at Seton Keough High School in Baltimore, Md. After battling brain cancer for five years, Keeley passed away on April 1, 2012.
Keeley went through numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments and was in remission for two years before the cancer returned her senior year in high school. She made it her mission in life to give back to the place that saved her life and where she spent a good amount of her time.
“Most people don’t know that none of the families that go to St. Jude have to pay any bills,” Fischer said. “The hospital thrives on the generous donations of others. I knew the Tip-Off Tournament would be a great way to get people from the community involved.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.
More information on St. Jude can be found online at www.stjude.org, www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.