BRAINTREE, Mass. – The University of Vermont men’s lacrosse team pulled together in a cooperative effort last week in support of teammate and sophomore Hayden Jenkins. In recent months, Jenkins was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that targets fewer than 20,000 children and young adults in the United States per year.
A native of West Barnstable, Massachusetts, Jenkins was fortunate to receive treatment and chemotherapy near his family and friends at the world-renowned Massachusetts General Hospital-Cancer Center in Boston.
This weekend marked the ninth annual Northeast Classic Face Off Against Cancer Tournament in Braintree, Massachusetts. Since the event’s development by head coach Ryan Curtis and his family, it has exceeded the $200,000 mark in donations for cancer treatment and research.
Before heading out for the Northeast Classic, the team and coaching staff collaborated and shaved their heads to honor Jenkins and his tremendous fight while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
“It was great to see the everyone come together and do something like this for a teammate,” said junior Ian MacKay. “This showed how close we really are as a team.”
Jenkins is currently finishing his most recent round of treatment and hopes to return to UVM in the coming months.