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Girls Lacrosse: Marian Catholic, Evanston to line up for a good cause

Updated: June 15, 2014 6:39AM



Marian Catholic’s Caitlin Henry’s focus is on the postseason, scheduled to begin Monday.

Well, much of her attention. Wednesday, her mind might be elsewhere.

In hopes of raising awareness about lupus, the Marian Catholic girls lacrosse team will host a Lupus Awareness Match when the Spartans host to Evanston. The junior varsity will play at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the varsity scheduled to start at 7:45 p.m.

“We hope we can spread some awareness because this is a disease that is out there,” Henry said. “It affects a lot of people. It hurts, but you wouldn’t know it. It’s always fun to play lacrosse for the team, but now we can play for the school and play for other people as well.”

The third annual Lupus Awareness Match for Marian Catholic isn’t a forced fundraiser for the team. The program helps put it together because Sister Teresa Marron, a longtime member of the Marian faculty, has lupus.

“It’s cooler for us because we’re playing for something different,” Henry said. “You wouldn’t know Sister Teresa has the disease, but she’s always happy, always smiling. She has lupus, but it doesn’t define her.”

Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues. Ninety percent of those affected by lupus are women.

“It means a lot to the girls to get involved,” Marian Catholic coach Brian Patterson said. “We’re looking to raise some awareness, raise some money, and help Sister Teresa and the community.”

The lacrosse team has been selling T-shirts emblazoned with “Fight Like a Girl”. Candy will be sold throughout both games, and there will be a “Beat the Goalie” contest during halftime of the JV game. Donations also will be accepted.

Marian (11-6, 6-0), which at one point was 1-4, won the East Suburban Catholic Conference title for the second straight year.

The message? Anything is possible.

“We’ve come a long way,” Henry said. “We’ve shown we can be a strong, aggressive team, and if we put our mind to it we can do anything.”



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