Saturday, October 26, 2013

Want to feel inspired? Meet Jaclyn.

This is a picture of Jaclyn Murphy (center) and one of the many college sports teams that have signed up to participate in the Friends Of Jaclyn Foundation programs.

I first heard about this story watching "Real Sports" with Bryant Gumbel, and I wanted to share it with the world.  The foundation began after Jaclyn, a child fighting a pediatric brain tumor, needed inspiration to get through difficult cancer treatment, and her dad hooked her up with the Northwestern women's' lacrosse team after she was inspired by a picture on the hospital wall.  The team adopted her as their own and supported her year after year through cancer treatment, all while winning more than a handful of national titles.  Jaclyn told her dad about another patient that they needed to "get her a team" and that is how the organization was born.

Today there are hundreds of college sports teams around the country signed up and on the waiting list to adopt a child with a brain tumor for life.  Sometimes that isn't very long, but sometimes it is and either way, it is a lifetime commitment.  What an incredibly rewarding and worthy cause.

I feel inspired to do something for the world, don't you?  Check out their website to learn more about the Murphy family and the foundation.  Watch the Real Sports episode on HBO for a lift.

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