The Torrey Pines High School Lacrosse Team members will hold a special event when they kick off their season in a game against Cathedral Catholic High School on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at Torrey Pines High School.
At halftime, the team will recognize Honorary Team Member Jose Montaño to bring awareness to children with brain cancer. Donations will be collected at the event for the Friends of Jaclyn (FOJ) organization and the Jose Montaño Foundation.
“FOJ’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors and to raise awareness about this insidious disease. FOJ pairs up children and their families battling pediatric brain tumors with college and high school sports teams around the country. The teams give these children love, support and friendship while they fight this devastating disease.
“Jose, who will be 13 on March 1, is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer. He has been battling Medulloblastoma (a rare type of malignant cancer) for 34 months. Since he was diagnosed in April 2011, he had brain surgery to remove the tumor, 30 cycles of radiation and is currently on his 26th chemotherapy cycle. Over his 13 years of life he has taught his family, friends and everyone around him the true meaning of having faith, looking at the bright side of life, unselfishness, giving from the heart, never losing hope but, most importantly, believing in himself.
“An example of Jose’s spirit: When Jose was just 10 years old he was approached by Make-a-Wish Foundation and could wish for anything he wanted. Jose thought about this for a few days and then told his Dad he knew what he wanted. His Dad thought for sure that Jose wanted a trip to Disneyland, or to meet Tony Hawk, or something that every kid dreams of. But Jose wanted a playground to be built for his elementary school “Berry Elementary.”
“In April of 2013, the Jose Montano Foundation was created to continue with Jose’s wish to give from the heart. The foundation takes toys to the Hematology/Oncology department at Rady Children’s Hospital, and they take healthy lunch snacks to parents of hospitalized patients who might not have the time or money to buy a meal. Jose’s foundation also recognizes students at his previous elementary school and his current middle school for perfect attendance and exemplary behavior.”