MANCHESTER, N.H. – Head coach, Holly Drown, announced Thursday afternoon that the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team will be hosting "Teal the Field" to support the "Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer" organization and raise ovarian cancer awareness when the Hawks play host to Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. under the lights at Grappone Stadium.
Prior to the game, the 13th-ranked Hawks will be donning warm-up gear that is all teal, which is the nationally-recognized ribbon color for awareness and support of Ovarian Cancer. The team will also be selling teal ribbons all week on campus for $2 that will be hung up on the fence surrounding the field.
There will also be a booth set up in the stadium that will be selling teal bracelets for $2 and teal "In Honor of Molly McGaffigan" sweatbands for $5. In addition, the team is encouraging everyone attending the game to wear teal.
"We are very excited to host this event and to not only be able to raise awareness for such a great cause, but also support a member of our team, who has such a strong connection to the organization," Drown said.
One major reason the Hawks have chosen to support ovarian cancer is that freshman midfielder Molly McGaffigan (Groton, Mass.) was affected by the disease and is extremely passionate about "Ovations for the Cure." McGaffigan had a foot-long, 10-pound tumor removed through her stomach three years ago.
"After I was diagnosed, 'Ovations for the Cure' provided an enormous amount of support that made a significant difference to my recovery and knowledge of ovarian cancer," McGaffigan said. "I've learned how fortunate I was to be diagnosed at an early stage of this frequently fatal disease. The best way to assist with early diagnosis of ovarian cancer is to raise the level of awareness that women and men of all ages have about ovarian cancer. I am incredibly lucky that my teammates and coaches are so committed in raising awareness about the disease and the vital mission of 'Ovations for the Cure.'"
In addition to "Teal the Field," the Hawks will be holding "Bedford Youth Lacrosse Night" and will be having a shooting contest for Bedford Youth Lacrosse members at halftime.
Ovations for the Cure, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the relentless pursuit of a cure for ovarian cancer in three critical ways: first, by providing critical funding of new and ongoing ovarian cancer research and treatment initiatives; second, by actively increasing the awareness of the subtle signs and symptoms of this silent disease; third, by giving hope, education and comfort to those currently battling ovarian cancer through its patient programs. The organization was founded in 2006 by nine-year ovarian cancer survivor Patricia Franchi Flaherty, who also lost her mother to the disease. Patty decided to dedicate her life to raising awareness of the risk factors and subtle warning signs of this often overlooked women's cancer so no other women would have to endure what she did. For more information about Ovations, please visit www.ovationsforthecure.org.