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Lauren’s First and Goal raises money for cancer research

Clockwise from left, Erin Meehan, Hannah Meehan, Kidsday

Clockwise from left, Erin Meehan, Hannah Meehan, Kidsday reporter Olivia Hirt, Mary Santoro, Lauren Loose and Marianne Loose. Photo Credit: Laura Hirt

If you’re the type of person who wants to help kids in need, then you should check out the great work that Lauren’s First and Goal does. Lauren’s First and Goal is a nonprofit organization that was started in 2004 by John and Marianne Loose in honor of their daughter Lauren, who is a pediatric brain tumor survivor. I found out about this from Lauren’s first cousin, Hannah Meehan, and her grandparents Frank and Mary Santoro.

Lauren’s First and Goal holds an annual Football Camp fundraiser at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, which is designed as a one-day instructional camp for any student who will be entering ninth through 12th grade. This fundraiser is always held the first Sunday in June (this year it is June 5). The Football Camp is about teaching kids football skills and creating a greater awareness about the occurrence of pediatric brain tumors. Not many know that brain tumors have surpassed leukemia as the No. 1 cancer causing death among kids. Each year more than 3,000 kids in the United States are diagnosed with brain tumors. The money raised by the Football Camp run by Lauren’s First and Goal goes to families in financial need due to the expenses of medical care because of the diagnosis of a pediatric brain tumor.

They are doing amazing work, providing more than $170,000 in grant awards in 2015 for pediatric cancer research, patient services and families affected by this disease. The charity has awarded more than $1.9 million in grants in its ongoing effort to help those fight against pediatric cancer since 2004. So much still needs to be done. For more information about this year’s Football Camp sessions, go to: laurensfirstandgoal.org

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