The Dons Football team is excited to announce that it has teamed with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to “adopt” 5-year-old, Michael, who has a terminal illness known as Cytomegalovirus (CMV).
The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers by pairing them with local teams, clubs and community groups.
Cathedral Catholic High School’s team doctor, Dr. Paul Murphy, is the uncle of Denis Murphy, founder of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Denis started the foundation when his daughter, Jaclyn, was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Through chance events, Jaclyn became connected to, and later adopted by, a collegiate lacrosse team as an honorary team member.
Jaclyn’s strength, courage, relentless spirit, and joy for life inspired the players. The team went on to a perfect season, winning their first NCAA national championship in 64 years.
Later, Jaclyn shared her dream with her family of helping all the sick children in the hospital. In 2005, the Murphy family created the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors, allowing them to: Live in the Moment…Play in the Moment. Today, the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation has helped nearly 730 families with brain tumors and other childhood cancers.
Please join The Dons football in to welcoming Michael and his family to the Dons Family!