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September 20, 2013

Triton sees impact of fundraising effort

Football team visits Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Triton football team is off to a promising 2-0 start on the field, but on Wednesday, Viking players and coaches received a dose of off-field motivation and inspiration when they took a tour of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Dana-Farber invited Triton for a visit after a donation of $22,000 on behalf of the school’s football program was made during the Dana-Farber fundraising radiothon in August. During Wednesday’s tour, the team was able to witness in person the kind of impact its contribution, and all contributions, have on patients and research.

It also left members of the team with a heightened sense of social and communal obligation. In fact, players on all three Viking football teams (freshmen, junior varsity and varsity) are participating this fall in a Dana Farber fundraising project, aptly titled “Triton Points for Dana Farber.”

“The players were very interested, and they asked a lot of questions during the tour,” said Triton head coach Pat Sheehan. “I know it made them more excited about the fundraiser. It really helped for them to see where the money is going to and how it’s being used.”

The Dana-Farber Institute was founded in 1947 with the aid of its main benefactor, The Jimmy Fund. The institute provides cancer patients of all ages with the best treatment available and continues to work to develop cures through cutting-edge research.

Recently completed was the new Yawkey Center care and treatment facility, named in honor of late Boston Red Sox owners and Jimmy Fund supporters Tom and Jean Yawkey. The Jimmy Fund has been the official charity of the Red Sox since 1950.

Triton players came away impressed with the quality of the facilities and the overall operation at Dana-Farber.

“It’s amazing how the place has such a positive feel to it. It’s not the way you would normally think of a hospital,” said senior tri-captain Justin Spillane. “I think this was a great team-building experience. It will motivate us as a team and as a part of the community.”

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