King of Prussia, PA — November 4, 2011 — On Sunday, November 6th girls and boys high school lacrosse teams will be coming together to play in the third annual Care for the Cure Tournament at West Chester Henderson High School. The Care for the Cure Tournament, now in its third year, is dedicated to raising money and awareness to find a cure for leukemia in the memory of Caroline (Care) Cranston, the sister of professional lacrosse player Ryan Cranston. All proceeds from the Care for the Cure Tournament will be given to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS), as well as a scholarship in Caroline’s name. Since its inception in 2009, the Care for the Cure Tournament has raised over $20,000 for several charities including the LLS, and Be the Match Foundation.
On August 15, 2008 Caroline (Care) Cranston, at 24 years old, was diagnosed with leukemia. In high school, Care played lacrosse for West Chester Henderson and continued her lacrosse career at Duquesne University. On May 8, 2010, Care passed away after fighting for 21 months.
“We plan on raising much more this year,” said Ryan Cranston. “Our mission is to bring the lacrosse community together and to raise awareness for this terrible disease.”
Each year in the United States, about 2,000 children and 27,000 adults are diagnosed with leukemia. The Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) donates 74 percent of its funds to cancer research and is currently funding 400 scientists worldwide.
The tournament will be held on five fields at West Chester Henderson High School, including two turf fields. Games will be 50 minutes in duration and played according to U.S. Lacrosse Women’s and Men’s rules at a cost of $700 per team.
Teams Attended in 2010:
PA Express Orange
Knights LAX Varsity
Knights LAX JV
Harriton High School
Perkiomen Valley High School