CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – This coming Saturday, October 15, during its game against Mount Holyoke College, the MIT field hockey team will participate in a fund-raising effort to benefit the Massachusetts Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. The team will don special t-shirts during its warm-up and those shirts will be available for sale, with all proceeds, as well as donations received Saturday, going to the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
The cause became personal for the Tech field hockey squad after learning an incoming freshman, and potential teammate, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) in June. She has since received a positive prognosis and will be in attendance on Saturday to cheer on her future teammates. In addition to tomorrow's game, the team has been holding a bake sale in the MIT student center for the past three days to raise funds.
NHL is a cancer that starts in cells in the lymphatic system (the disease-fighting network spread throughout your body). An estimated 65,540 men and women were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2010. Modern treatments involve chemotherapy and radiation therapy, both of which are often painful. The Lymphoma Research Foundation funds some of the most innovate research to find a cure for NHL.