AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men's and women's squash programs have teamed up with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Vs. Cancer program to help raise awareness and funds for local kids with cancer.
More children die from cancer in the United States than any other disease. To help change this, the Amherst squash teams have been raising funds this season and will celebrate their efforts on January 19th, when the Mammoths host New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opponent Hamilton College at 2:00 PM.
Hamilton College has also joined forces with Vs. Cancer and has been raising awareness and funds throughout the season. The Continentals have selected the pediatric oncology unit at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse to receive a portion of the funds they raise.
Started by pediatric brain cancer survivor and former collegiate baseball player Chase Jones, Vs. Cancer empowers any sports team, any athlete, and any community to help kids with cancer. As a signature fundraising campaign of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Vs. Cancer proceeds help fund child life programs in local hospitals and groundbreaking research to cure pediatric brain tumors, the deadliest childhood cancer.
In partnership with Vs. Cancer, Amherst College Squash had selected the pediatric oncology unit at Baystate Medical Center to receive a portion of the funds they raise, with the remainder of the funds to go to national research grants to find a cure. They have already raised over $8,000 thanks to the generous support of their family and friends.
Tom Carmean, director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Northeast Region, understands how vital these athletes are to the nonprofit's mission. "We applaud the efforts and generous spirit of the Amherst College Squash team! Vs. Cancer wasn't just built by athletes for athletes. We were started by a pediatric brain cancer survivor, and we see every day how important family support and research are for children to thrive. With the support of this incredible team, we're fighting for healthier, happier futures for these kids!"
Visit https://team.curethekids.org/amherstcollegesquash to learn more about the Amherst College Squash's fundraising efforts.