By Joseph Wetzler, Staff Writer
March 27, 2013
On Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., the HPU women’s lacrosse team will host a 5K-walk/run at Vert Stadium. The ‘Mason Run’ is a fundraiser for the Friends of Jaclyn organization and to celebrate the life of Mason LaVack.
The Friends of Jaclyn organization is designed to encourage NCAA athletic programs to sponsor pediatric brain tumor patients. The HPU women’s lacrosse team participated in this organization in 2011 and sponsored the 8-year old Mason.
Mason was diagnosed with anaplastic ganglioglioma in September of 2009. He went through two craniotomies to remove the tumor and then endured radiation and chemotherapy treatment. In 2010, Mason had to go through a ten-month-long chemotherapy and immunotherapy schedule. These are things nobody wants a child to go through and HPU lacrosse tried to make his recovery a little better.
They gave him HPU gear and brought him to all of the home games in their inaugural season. The team even brought him to a road game that season on the team bus. Mason thought it was cool that they got to watch a movie on the bus.
Unfortunately, Mason passed away on September 6, 2011. He gave the team inspiration, perspective, and a reason to smile during his one season with them.
Remember Mason on April 6 by coming out to Vert Stadium to participate in the 5K-walk/run. The donations will go to the Friends of Jaclyn organization.