"Our goal is to help fund cancer research so the doctors at DFCI can continue their great work".
In 2007 a member of the University of Vermont Men’s lacrosse team was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He followed a treatment plan from the Dana-Farber Cancer institute and underwent surgery and radiation that winter. He was then able to play in every game of his senior year and is in full remission today. Throughout this process, the team learned a great deal about cancer screening and prevention. We took it upon ourselves to help educate as many students athletes and young adults as possible through a fall lacrosse tournament that we started in October 2008.
The first Catamount Classic - Lacrosse For A Cure took place at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts. 8 Division I college lacrosse teams squared off in a day of scrimmages to help fight the battle against testicular cancer. We charged admission to the tournament and the University of Vermont men’s lacrosse team fundraised money throughout the summer and fall. In total we donated nearly $20,000 to testicular cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We also handed out as many testicular cancer information booklets as we could to young adults at the tournament in hopes to spread the word about early detection and prevention.
Over the past four years we have donated close to $130,000 to Genitourinary cancer and women's cancers research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We have branched out to a women's division and we have increased in size. This year we have partnered with both the men's and women's lacrosse teams at the University of Vermont. Through on campus fundraisers, a Vermont Benefit, donations and the tournament we hope to reach out to thousands of young adults stressing the importance of cancer screening and prevention.