Purple Community Blog

26 Apr 2017

Grand Rapids Christian and Rockford Lacrosse Fight Cancer Together

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On Saturday April 22, we witnessed two communities come together to fight something so many of us know all too well—cancer.

Grand Rapids Christian and Rockford High School’s lacrosse teams have come together the past three years to honor loved ones and give us all hope that one day we will live in a world where cancer does not exist.

Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and everyone in between lined the field with their player before the game. Some representing themselves as their player’s honoree and others standing in memory of someone who courageously fought cancer. Van Andel Institute’s Dr. Patrick Grohar joined us for the second year and spoke to the crowd about the importance of the game and how grateful he is for their commitment to the work he is doing.

Dr. Grohar is a scientist in the Institute’s Center for Cancer and Cell Biology as well as a practicing pediatric oncologist at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where he is a member of the sarcoma team. Dr. Grohar is also a former Villanova Division I lacrosse player. In his post-game remarks to the planning committee he said, “This is such an inspiring event for me. It reminds me of the old days of playing lacrosse and how these lessons do translate to life. You have all done such a wonderful thing for these kids showing them how important service to others is. I believe the boys did give it just a bit more in honor of those for whom they played. It was a great game!


This year the event raised an amazing $11,807—all of which will go to Dr. Grohar’s lab to help continue their work in Ewing Sarcoma research. We cannot thank the players, families, sponsors and community members enough. Whether you gave a financial gift or the gift of time to make this event come together—THANK YOU—it truly was a beautiful day.

If you would like to contribute to this great cause, you may still do so by visiting the LAX vs. Cancer Crowdrise page, crowdrise.com/RockfordGrandRapidsvsCancer, to donate.