Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/3/12
The Mount St. Joseph Academy lacrosse team will host Gwynedd Mercy Academy today (3:45 p.m.) in a Catholic Academies “Laxers vs. Lung Cancer Match” to benefit the Pennsylvania Lung Cancer Partnership.
Laxers vs. Lung Cancer was established by Alexandra Lista, Mount St. Joseph junior goalie, along with two of her teammates, Olivia Gannon and Dominique Nyzio, last year in order to raise money to increase awareness and support research. Lista’s mother, Donna-Lee Lista, is a survivor who contracted lung cancer despite never smoking (about 15% of all diagnoses of lung cancer are of non-smokers).
Custom made t-shirts were sold prior to the game, and all proceeds will be donated to PLCP. Mount St. Joseph’s rival, Gwynedd Mercy, is also joining the fight by raising money to donate to the cause that day. School president Sr. Kathleen Brabson will present a check to PLCP President, Nancy Gatschet, along with the student-athletes and captains.
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 219,400 people are diagnosed with the disease each year in the United States. This means an American is diagnosed with lung cancer every 2.5 minutes.
Lung cancer kills nearly 160,000 people annually – more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined. However, less money is spent on lung cancer research than on research on other cancers. In 2006, the National Cancer Institute estimated it spent only $1,638 per lung cancer death compared to $13,519 per breast cancer death, $11,298 per prostate cancer death, and $4,588 per colorectal cancer.