DU Football Coaches Volunteer Time to Help in the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer
June 7, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Four members of the Duquesne football coaching staff served as volunteer coaches at the Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp on Sunday, June 3rd at Lafayette College´s Metzgar Athletics Complex in Easton, Pa.
Head Coach Jerry Schmitt and assistants Mike Craig, Matt Stansfield and Jeremy McCullough were all part of the group of over 250 college and professional football coaches that worked with high school student-athletes throughout the day. The camp, in its ninth year, welcomed a record 2,105 campers. The event also shattered last year´s fundraising effort, so far netting more than $120,000.
Lauren´s First and Goal is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, a labor of love started in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their daughter, Lauren, a 15-year-old pediatric brain tumor survivor. The Loose family started the foundation as a way to help other families who are battling childhood cancer.
Since its inception, LFG has raised more than $1 million toward its mission to provide financial support for brain tumor research and cancer services, to offer financial and emotional support to families living with pediatric cancer, and to increase awareness of the disease. These goals are made possible through the funding gained through LFG Football Camp and charitable contributions.