ASHEVILLE, NC. -- Albion College head men's lacrosse coach Jake DeCola has been named one of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's inaugural Lacrosse Vs. Cancer Ambassadors. Vs. Cancer, an organization committed to helping young children battle brain cancer, is composed of current and former coaches and players.
The Britons first got involved with the organization in 2015, hosting their first Vs. Cancer game that following spring. Both the team and DeCola shaved their heads to raise awareness on campus and around the community.
Working with Vs. Cancer is something close to the heart of DeCola and the entire Albion men's lacrosse program. In 2016, Drew Harm, a then-sophomore, was diagnosed with a diffuse astrocytoma brain tumor. DeCola contributed a blog on the Vs. Cancer website last August, which highlights Drew's story.
"We feel so lucky to have had the chance to work with Vs. Cancer and to see Drew finish his healing and return to the field in 2019 as a senior captain," said DeCola.
Since 2013, Vs. Cancer has empowered thousands of athletes to help kids with cancer. As a
signature fundraising campaign of the PBTF, Vs. Cancer proceeds help fund groundbreaking
research to cure pediatric brain tumors, the deadliest childhood cancer, as well as family
support and child life programs in teams' communities. To date, lacrosse programs across the
nation have raised over $1 million to support the cause.
Vs. Cancer Ambassadors recognize firsthand the importance of supporting the childhood cancer
community and the positive impact it has on their team. They will serve as a resource for other
coaches and teams by answering questions about the program, sharing their inspiring success
stories and working with athletic departments to spread Vs. Cancer's mission and get more