By Russ Atkinson
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/5/11
On Sunday, May 22, the 5th annual Evanfest lacrosse festival was held at Malvern Prep to honor the memory of Evan Brady, whose fight against bone cancer has helped spark a foundation that has raised more than $400,000 to help families that have a child with a life-threatening disease.
Evan Brady was a graduate of Malvern Prep who lost his fight with osteogenic sarcoma on September 21, 2005. Lacrosse was a large part of Evan’s life. He played for Rose Tree Optimist Youth Club prior to entering Malvern in the fall of 2001 and when he was diagnosed with bone cancer on September 11, 2001, he was told he would no longer be able to play lacrosse.
For any other teenager this would have been devastating news, but for Evan this was just a roadblock to overcome in his life. He seized this moment to embrace lacrosse and become a coach and mentor for his friends and teammates. Malvern Prep and the greater Philadelphia lacrosse communities were huge supporters of Evan, both spiritually and financially, motivating him to fight every day of his life.
The Evanfest event drew 26 boys’ youth lacrosse teams (ages U-13 and U-15) to Malvern Prep for an all-day tourney. Countless volunteers helped run the event, organized by Evanfest creator Bill Brady, Evan’s father.
“The whole spirit of Evanfest is really reflected in all the hard work Evan put into the classroom and on the field,” said his classmate, Ben Osborne, also a graduate of St. Joseph’s University. “He was a dedicated assistant coach while at Malvern. It is a good thing they are raising money for awareness.”
Next year’s event has already been schedule for April 14, 2012. (see facebook page)
For more information on Evanfest, click here to see the website.
Click on a picture below to begin slideshow. Photos are courtesy of Steve Layne, Warren Samolsky and Russ Atkinson.
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