NEWARK, Del. - The University of Delaware's Women's Lacrosse Team will pay special tribute to the B+ Foundation on Friday as they take on conference opponent William & Mary at 7 p.m. at Delaware Stadium. One member of the team, Kalyn McDonough, will be playing with a heavy heart because it was her cousin's death, Andrew McDonough, that sparked the creation of the foundation.
Andrew died in 2007 after a six-month battle with leukemia and the foundation is named after Andrew's blood type, as well as his life view, "Be Positive". The organization has done fundraising for research all over the country and maintains an overall message of "doing good" in promoting education and helping families who are affected by leukemia. Kalyn knows what impact "doing good" can bring in people remembering Andrew.
"If acts of kindness are inspired by the work of the foundation, then Andrew's memory will live on," said McDonough.
The organization's work has been based on a family coming together and using a tragic situation to promote awareness all over the country and just like the organization's motto says, to do good.
McDonough said, "My cousin Ali, Andrew's sister, along with her parents, Chris and Joe, have worked extremely hard to support families with children who are diagnosed with diseases and give them hope for a brighter tomorrow."
Kalyn remembers what type of person Andrew was and how he made a positive impression on everyone he met. Even though his life was short, Andrew made a huge impact on Kalyn and her family.
"My cousin was such an amazing person; funny, kind, outgoing, intelligent, athletic and always fun to be around."
This will not be the first time that the lacrosse team will be participating in fundraising for the organization. Earlier this year, the team participated in UDance by performing a dance at the event. Even with their participation in the event, McDonough and the team are looking to take even stronger steps in being involved with the organization in the future.
"The team would like to get more involved next year, and is hoping to add a B+ hero onto our roster!" according to McDonough.
She knows that the game will be a challenge to play in, but is determined to play well in honor of her cousin. She thinks about her cousin before she plays in every game. Her and her teammates are dedicated to giving a performance that would make Andrew truly proud.
"I think the best way that the team and myself can honor him is by having fun, and playing hard," said McDonough. "I see the game as being a completely positive experience, just as Andrew would want it."
Ultimately the goal for McDonough is to have a weekend that is full of victories on and off the field. McDonough is extremely excited for the good the event can cause in honor of the B+ foundation.
"My goal this weekend is to bring attention to the B+ Foundation and its efforts." said McDonough. "Also, I would love to see our fans come out and support us while also supporting the foundation!"
Prior to the game, the Blue Hens will be warming up in specially made B+ T-shirts featuring the B+ Foundation logo on the front and YoUDee on the reverse.
Tickets for the game are six dollars for adults and four dollars for youths and seniors and portions of proceeds will be donated to the B+ foundation. Fans may order tickets in advance by calling the box office at 302-831-2257 and are encouraged to arrive early to avoid long lines.
The stadium box office opens at 6 p.m. and parking for the event is free.
In addition to ticket proceeds, fans are also encouraged to "Do Good" and bring gift cards, such as VISA gift cards, Exxon/Shell Gas Gift Cards, and Wal-Mart and Target gift cards. No matter the denomination, all donated gift cards will go to the B+ Foundations. To date, the gift card donations have helped more than 500 families in over 35 states, with almost $400,000 dollars in cards donated.