FAIRFAX, Va. (March 13, 2009) –  During last Saturday’s 17-11 victory over Saint Joseph’s, the Patriots joined NCAA women’s lacrosse teams around the country in support of the Friends of Jaclyn (FOJ) Foundation. FOJ is a non-profit, charitable organization that improves the quality of life for children suffering with pediatric brain tumors and helps fund research.

The Foundation was inspired by Jaclyn Murphy, an 11-year-old, who was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, in March 2004. Jaclyn's strength and courage, relentless spirit, and joy for life are an inspiration to those who know her.

“We are honored to be part of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, raising awareness to help improve the quality of life for children suffering with pediatric brain tumors,” said George Mason head coach Lauren Rywak. “The everyday obstacles these children and their families overcome is a true inspiration to our student-athletes. We will continue to support and contribute to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation for years to come.”

George Mason, as well as other teams around the country, wore warm-up shirts honoring the FOJ Foundation with all proceeds from the shirts going to the Foundation. Additionally, shirts were sold at stadiums around the country and donation boxes were available for fans to pitch in and help in the fight against pediatric cancer.