Former Falcons, Current Hawks Help Fundraiser

BOW, N.H. Several members of Saint Anselm men's lacrosse team, in addition to other Hawks alumni and assistant coaches, participated in the Purple Ribbon Mother's Day 5k Run road race at Bow High School this past Sunday to raise funds the Michelle Cadorette Fund for Malignant Thymoma Research at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The 5k road race, established in 2003, has seen a large turnout from those in the Bow community, with proceeds from this event establishing a tissue bank at Massachusetts General Hospital to study this rare form of cancer, support genetic testing and to work toward a cure.

Michelle Cadorette, a 1991 graduate of Saint Anselm College, was diagnosed with Malignant Thymoma almost 12 years ago. While bravely battling her illness, Cadorette has continued to serve as a teacher, coach and mentor to students and athletes alike, most recently at Bow High School.

"Michelle's story is one that continues to inspire me on a daily basis," said men's lacrosse Head Coach Steve Gaudreau when asked about his former colleague at Bow High School. "She is an inspiration to all who have met her and it was great to be part of such a special event."

Chris Gaudreau, an assistant coach of the men's lacrosse team and Steve's brother, is currently both a coaching and teaching colleague of Cadorette and organized a group to participate in the event. Several Bow High School alumni participated in the event and joined the team, including midfielder Griffin Sandler (Bow, N.H.) and assistant coach Garrett Pedley.

"I was very excited that Chris organized a team to run in this event," explained Gaudreau. "We both have strong ties to Bow High School, as do Coach Pedley and Griffin Sandler. It certainly was a chance to see a lot of good people coming together for a very worthy cause."

Joining the Gaudreau brothers alongside the Falcons alumni were midfielder Matthew Steele (Ipswich, Mass.), defenseman Sam MacDonald (Hopkinton, Mass.) and defenseman Tom Gardner (Salem, N.H.). Former Saint Anselm College field hockey player Ellen Maruszewski '09, Gaudreau's sister in law, also participated in the event.

For more information about Malignant Thymoma or to join the men's lacrosse program in supporting the cause, visit


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