In 2016, the lacrosse community in Boston came together to form Boston Lacrosse Cares (BLC) in support of the Boston Cannons'
Cannons Fighting Cancer initiative. Led by former college players Mike Jezienicki and Ryan Hurd, cancer research evangelist Dave Bjork and in partnership with the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, BLC's vision was to bring together a group of business leaders in Boston with strong lacrosse backgrounds to raise money for cancer research conducted locally. In conjunction with the National Foundation for Cancer Research, the first Boston Lacrosse Cares Shootout was played at Harvard Stadium on June 24th where over 40 former college and club lacrosse players participated in a 60 minute scrimmage and post-game tailgate. The inaugural Shootout successfully brought together the Boston lacrosse community, helped drive much needed funding to the cutting edge cancer research conducted at Haber Labs at Mass General Hospital and laid the groundwork for the BLC Shootout to become an annual event.
Boston Lacrosse Cares' 2017 campaign will support Boston Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
The top-ranked children's hospital in the nation and #1 in cancer care, Boston Children's is the singular organization with the legacy and capacity to beat cancer in children fastest and on a global scale. For 150 years, Boston Children's Hospital has built its reputation as the world leader in pediatric research. This is why in 1929, Boston Children's Sidney Farber, Children's first full time pathologist, could achieve the first remission of leukemia and become the "father" of chemotherapy. Today, we have a vibrant culture of innovation around cancer research and care that has drawn to the Hospital the best scientists and physicians from every research focus and specialty. Children come to us with all types of cancer from all reaches of the globe. Our teams of specialists do not just eliminate the cancer, they heal the whole child, setting up lifetimes of health.