Friends of Jaclyn Forms Elite Team to Support Foundation Work

The Foundation
FOJ currently supports nearly 400 adopted children in 41 states in Division I, II, and III college level teams; junior colleges, high schools and professional teams throughout the United States and spans over 25 different types of male and females sports.

The Foundation was inspired by Jaclyn Murphy who was diagnosed with a medullo blastoma, 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. Her hope and faith that someday there will be a cure, but In the meantime, it is our hope that through Jaclyn's example, we can help to improve the lives of other children and families dealing with pediatric cancer," said Denis Murphy, Jaclyn's father and FOJ Founder.

Jaclyn Murphy & Family
Jaclyn, now 18, is a freshman at Marist College where she intends to study sports communications. She plans on continuing working 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 team mates.

Brain Tumor Information
According to the American Brain Tumor Association, each year in the United States more than 4,000 children are diagnosed with a brain tumor. There are over 130 types of brain tumors.

Pediatric brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under the age of 18 and children who battle pediatric brain tumors face a lifetime of affects due to the cancer and its treatments including vision and hearing loss, diminished gross and fine motor skills, as well as difficulties with cognitive, social and psychological areas in their lifetimes.

Brain cancer has a lower survival rate than many other types of pediatric cancers, and even with survival the challenges that a child brain tumor survivor faces are devastating and unique.

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.

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