PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – On Monday, January 21 the Brown women's ice hockey team hosted a Score for Survivors fundraiser at Meehan Auditorium. The players and coaches raised over $6,000 dollars that will be donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Angelica Negron, the team's newest member by way of Team Impact.
"Overall, having Angelica around has been a really fun experience for the whole team," said senior goaltender Katie Jamieson, who spearheaded the organization of the event. "We've really enjoyed getting to know her and welcoming her to our hockey family! She had her "draft day" at the start of November during a game against Dartmouth, and it was really exciting to have her stand on the blue line with the team and finally receive her own personal jersey!"
Angelica and the Bears were connected by Team IMPACT, an organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illness by partnering them with a local college athletic team. A 10-year old from Greenville, Rhode Island, Angelica was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in May of 2006. She finished her course of treatment in September of 2008, but still goes for check-ups every three months.
"I honestly think Angelica is the most mature 10-year old we've ever met," said Jamieson. "It is evident that she has been through a lot, but it seems like she has no fears. On the ice she is always hitting people, so you can also tell that she is extremely competitive! I remember the first time I met her, she asked me who got the most penalties on the team. I told her Lauren Vella. Ever since then, Vella has been her favorite player."
In an attempt to honor Angelica and support a cause that has become close to their hearts, Jamieson and her teammates searched for a way to make a difference. On Monday, each of the players and coaches had the chance to shoot 10 pucks on goal from center ice, with donations contingent upon the amount of goals scored by the team or by individual player. Overall, the squad tallied 240 goals, with Lauren Zary, Emma Pearson, Sarah Robson, Brittany Moorehead and head coach Amy Bourbeau shooting 10 for 10.
"Angelica is a gift to our team as much as we are a gift to her family," said Coach Bourbeau. "She is the motivation behind our fundraiser for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We want to help those in need, and we also hope to show Angelica how much we care. As a program, we believe strongly in giving back and helping others. That is something I want to instill in my players. All of us are excited for this opportunity to raise money and give it to the local leukemia society in her honor."
"Angelica inspires our team to battle with heart and to never forget to smile," said freshman Ali Rolandelli, who earned $100 dollars for each of the eight goals that she scored on Monday. "Having her on our team has been a blessing to all of us, and it is great to combine something that you love to do with such a worthy cause. It is only fitting that we use the game that has given us so much as a means of giving back to the community. This fundraiser hits home for Angelica's family, along with the many other families impacted by this disease. We have received such positive feedback from various alumni and members of the community, showing us how important this fundraiser is to many."
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