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Yorktown Graduates Come Together to Fight Pediatric Cancer

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - An all-class reunion was held at FDR Park last Saturday, as graduates from various Yorktown High School classes came together to enjoy food, music and memories and to raise awareness for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.

Friends of Jaclyn was created by Yorktown graduate Denis Murphy and his family after his daughter, Jaclyn, was diagnosed in 2004 with a malignant brain tumor at the age of 9 and given a 30 percent chance of survival. To lift her spirits during grueling medical treatments, Jaclyn was “adopted” by the Northwestern University women’s lacrosse team, which went on to win the 2005 national championship with a perfect 21-0 season.

Now cancer-free, Jaclyn continues to inspire others, along with the help of her family. The mission of Friends of Jaclyn is to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers by pairing them with local high school and college sports teams.

To date, Friends of Jaclyn has helped nearly 700 families with brain tumors and other childhood cancers. Learn more and donate at friendsofjaclyn.org.

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