In my “other” life, outside of Johns Hopkins, I am a devoted lacrosse mom, spending most of my weekends at the lacrosse field supporting my son and his team. So, it is particularly enjoyable to see my two worlds combine—as the lacrosse community partners with us to raise important funds for pediatric cancer research.  I’m sure there are many of you out there like me, who can’t get enough lacrosse.  When I’m not cheering for my son, I’m in the stands cheering for our Johns Hopkins Blue Jays and our Chesapeake Bayhawks   major league lacrosse team.  We’re fortunate in Maryland to have the best lacrosse has to offer, and of course, in Johns Hopkins, the best that medicine has to offer.

Speaking of the best of lacrosse, our major league lacrosse champion Chesapeake Bayhawks have teamed up with the Kimmel Cancer Center to help us take on pediatric cancers.  On May 14th, as the team faces off  at 7 p.m. in their season opener against the Rochester Rattlers at Navy Marine Corp Stadium in Annapolis, they will also be playing for kids with cancer.  For every ticket sold using the special Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology code BHJHUPO11, the Bayhawks will donate $4 to pediatric cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

A pre-game festival hosted by the Parole Rotary Naptown barBayq begins at noon and features player appearances, live music, great food (including a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned cook-off), arts and crafts and other kid-friendly activities, contests, and much more.  Admission is free to the festival and a portion of the proceeds from food sales and activities also benefit our pediatric cancer program.

It promises to be a day of great family fun and lacrosse for avid fans and those brand new to the sport.  Don’t miss the opportunity to come see former college standouts and our own hometown guys, including  Michael Evans , Michael Kimmel, and Ben Rubeor  take to the field.  And, most importantly, it is all for a good cause.

I ask all of my fellow Johns Hopkins colleagues and lacrosse moms as well as coaches, players, and families to come out to support our Bayhawks as they help us reach our goal of bringing an end to childhood cancer.

Tickets can be purchased at the Bayhawks Web site or by calling the Bayhawks ticket office at 866-99-HAWKS.  Don’t forget to use our code BHJHUPO11.

I’ll see you on the May 14th!

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