Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/7/13
From Staff Report and Press Release
Strath Haven’s boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams raised $1000 each for Alzheimer’s Association and Autism Speaks during its “Play for the A’s” doubleheader fundraiser last weekend with Moorestown.
The charities were chosen by Haven coaches Jef Hewlings (boys) and Rachel Busza (girls).
“We appreciate the support of our lacrosse community in making this event so successful and we look forward to future growth,” said Hewlings. “Awareness and funding are key to providing support for families challenged by both Alzheimer’s and autism, and our programs are proud to help in each of these areas.
“My family experienced first-hand the effects of Alzheimer’s, as my mom suffered its effects for 9+ years before she passed away in 2009. I watched my dad care for her every minute of every day while she suffered the effects of this disease and wanted to be able to support his efforts by dedicating any funds raised to support the efforts of caregivers throughout the Delaware Valley.”
The games were held Saturday night. The Moorestown girls, ranked No. 1 by Phillylacrosse.com, defeated Strath Haven, 9-5 and the then-undefeated Moorestown boys toppled Strath Haven, 15-5.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Each year, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through our national office and more than 75 local chapters.
The Association provides services to those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including a professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline, thousands of local support groups and education programs, and a rich variety of online programs.
Autism Speaks’ goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorder. They are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.
Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. Working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle. Autism Speaks. It’s time to listen.