The West Alabama softball team will host its annual Friends of Jaclyn Day on Saturday when the Tigers host West Georgia in a Gulf South Conference doubleheader at the UWA Softball Complex. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.
The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children batting pediatric brain tumors.
Admission is $5 for adults. Children 10 and under, as well as UWA students with valid IDs will be admitted free. Donations will also be accepted with all proceeds going to the FOJ Foundation.
In March 2010, the UWA softball team adopted a girl named Ella, who has become an honorary member of the UWA softball team and a true inspiration to the Tiger family. Ella was the second child paired in the state of Alabama at the time.
FOJ's slogan is "Live in the Moment! Play in the Moment!" FOJ has completed 382 adoptions in 25 different male and female sports at the college and junior college level. For more information, please visit friendsofjaclyn.org/.
The Foundation was inspired by Jaclyn Murphy who was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, in March 2004 when she was nine-years-old. Jaclyn's strength and courage, relentless spirit, and joy for life are an inspiration to those who know her. Jaclyn's wish is "for all the children in the hospitals to be healed."
It is one of the foundation's goals for Jaclyn to be able to continue to touch people with her story. The foundation is committed to its mission of improving the quality of life for children and their families battling pediatric brain tumors,” Denis Murphy, Jaclyn's father and FOJ Founder.
Jaclyn, now 18, is a freshman at Marist College where she is studying sports communications. She plans to continue her work with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to improve the quality of life for children battling this insidious disease through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
Jaclyn's wish is for every child with a brain tumor to be able to be adopted onto a team of their own and get the love, support and friendship from their own teammates.
View Jaclyn's Most Recent Message:
Friends of Jaclyn Information video September 2011 - YouTube
Brain Tumor Information
• Over 4,000 children diagnosed with a brain tumor.
• Over 130 types of brain tumors.
• Pediatric brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under the age of 18.
• Brain cancer has a lower survival rate than most other types of pediatric cancers.
• While all brain tumors/cancers are life threatening, many of the children diagnosed do survive into adulthood. Sadly, they face physical, psychological, social and intellectual challenges related to their treatment, and require ongoing care to help with school and with skills they will use throughout adulthood.
Source: American Brain Tumor Association