MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer University women’s lacrosse team officially adopted nine year-old Angel Thompson as a member of their team on Wednesday. Thompson will attend practices, team events, and be on the sidelines during games and will be wearing jersey number 14. The adoption was made possible through the Friends of Jaclyn (FoJ) Foundation.
Despite her young age, Angel has had to endure a lot. In March of 2010 at the age of six, Angel underwent surgery for a large brain tumor in the cerebellum and brainstem. Fortunately, doctors were able to remove 95% of the tumor.
Just 17 months later, the tumor grew back more seriously with pressure being exerted on the brain.
In March of 2012, a second surgery was performed, just two short years after her first operation. Doctors were able to remove the entire tumor from the cerebellum; however, the brain stem portion of the tumor remains. Angel’s rigorous chemotherapy is regimented for 60 months.
In 2005, Denis and Lynda Murphy started The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families by pairing them with college and high school athletic teams. The FoJ program has grown incredibly to over 300 children who have been adopted by high school and college teams across the country.
While Angel will learn a lot about lacrosse, she will teach the Lady Falcons a lesson in toughness and determination.