The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ) aims to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers by pairing them with local high school and college sports teams.
In 2004, nine year old Jaclyn Murphy was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Through chance events she became connected to and later adopted by a collegiate lacrosse team as an honorary team member.
Jaclyn’s strength, courage, relentless spirit, and joy for life inspired the players. The team went on to a perfect season, winning their first NCAA national championship in 64 years.
Later, Jaclyn shared her dream of helping all of the sick children in the hospital with her family. In 2005, the Murphy Family created the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors, allowing them to: Live in the Moment…Play in in the Moment. Today, Friends of Jaclyn has helped nearly 730 families with brain tumors and other childhood cancers.
Live in the Moment…Play in in the Moment.
The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers and to raise awareness through their Adopt-A-Child, Safe on the Sidelines and Guardian Angel Programs.
We do this by pairing the afflicted child and their siblings with local high school and college sports teams, campus clubs, and arts programs in their community. If your team or club is ready to start making a difference in a child’s life please register today!
Friends of Jaclyn is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization. They depend on your contributions and help to continue their mission of improving the quality of life of children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers. Please support them by making a donation today.
FOJ on HBO
Friends of Jaclyn Foundation has been featured twice on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. See how far Friends of Jaclyn Foundation has come since their first feature on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel in 2009.
Learn More About Friends of Jaclyn