PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In an ongoing effort to give back to the community through several outreach initiatives, the Brown men’s soccer program began a relationship with the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, announced before the team’s game against Yale last weekend.
The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the life of Andrew, a 14-year-old who battled leukemia and sepsis before he passed away on July 14, 2007. Andrew’s B+ blood type became the perfect message – Be Positive – to reflect how Andrew lived his life. The B+ Foundation provides family assistance and supports cancer research, and has awarded over $1.5 million in research grants and assistance in the past two years.
Ben Maurey, a junior on the men’s soccer team, reached out to the coaching staff about working with the B+ Foundation at the beginning of the season. "I was very excited to hear about B+ being a part of our game last weekend because it is an organization that I have followed and seen how much good they have done,” Maurey said. “I have talked to Joe McDonough and he has told me some things that are just truly amazing that have come from their organization. Andrew and his family are some of my biggest life heroes and they have changed my life for the better. What they have all gone through is something incomprehensible by us and it meant a lot that we could support them.”
"It was great to spend time at the Brown men's soccer game last weekend,” said Carly Bergstein, Program Director for The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. “The B+ Foundation is excited to continue a partnership fighting childhood cancer with Brown men’s soccer and the students at Brown. We look forward to maintaining a great relationship with the program."
"The B+ Foundation is an incredible organization with a noble and very real cause that affects homes all over the country and the world,” said head coach Patrick Laughlin. “I can speak for the entire team in saying that hopefully this was just the start of building a relationship that will last and help spread awareness of the foundation and the fantastic ways in which they can support individuals and their families in the fight against cancer.”
For more information on the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, visit BePositive.org.