Lacrosse For Wishes
This year Connecticut Lacrosse Partners with Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Connecticut in celebration of their 25th Anniversary.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Our goal is to raise $8,500, which is the average cost of a wish. We hope you will join as we participate in three lacrosse tournaments for boys U11 to make a magical wish come true. Together, we can bring joy to a child with a life-threatening medical condition. The granting of a wish helps a child see that there is hope, encourages them to be strong in their battle, and brings a little happiness and light to not only the child, but to their entire family, when they need it most.
Lacrosse, more often than not, is more than "just a game". Kids all over the nation play to showcase their abilities, talents and personal traits, and through the sport they forge friendships and families that carry over off the playing field. They play for their friends, families, schools and more, but whatever the reason, they play for a cause that is greater than themselves.
Team "Make-A-Wish" will be playing for a special cause - we are looking to grant a single wish for a child with a life-threatening medical condition. Throughout this spring and summer, we will be raising funds and awareness for the Make-A-Wish foundation of Connecticut, with a minimum goal of $8,500, the average cost of a wish. We seek to bring hope, strength and joy into a child's life, so that for a moment they may forget their illness and just enjoy the simplicity of being a kid.
Andrew a new friend to our team plays lacrosse for Hopkins school in New Haven. He is a senior and turns 19 in May. Two years ago in March of 2010, he was diagnosed with leukemia right as his high school was starting its lacrosse season. Two months later he suffered a stroke due to an allergic reaction to his chemotherapy, losing mobility in his right leg and arm. Playing lacrosse soon became a distant reality for him.
The entire time, however, his lacrosse family stuck by him-not only the coaches and players on his high school team, but also those on his little brother's U11 team, former Hopkins lacrosse alum, coaches from other high schools, even the Yale head lacrosse coach as well as a member from the US National team. With the support of his lacrosse family, Andrew recovered from his stroke and returned to lacrosse in the spring of 2011, and continued to play into the summer. That same summer, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Andrew a wish so that he and his family could vacation for a week in the Bahamas. The break was well deserved, and he was able to have a week completely devoted to just relaxing and enjoying time with his family without any worry of lacrosse practice, school or his disease.
Physical medicine makes up only half the equation to curing a child's illness. The other half consists of love, kindness and friendship from friends and family, but more often than not from complete strangers who nevertheless share the same desire to put that precious smile on a child's face. Together, we can provide that second half of the equation.
Please donate today, to provide hope, strength and joy for a child so that they may continue to battle against their life-threatening condition. Together we can make a wish come true!