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Sunday, April 25, 2010

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Friday April 23rd was another great night for Justin. Terps Coach, Sasho Cirovski has been so instrumental in Justin's Quest. He has personally taken Justin under his wing to help raise awareness and find a cure for brain tumors. Coach Sasho came out with the below press release:
Terps vs. Cavaliers at the SoccerPlex

Come out and watch the Maryland Men’s Soccer team take on Virginia to raise awareness of brain tumors by spotlighting Justin’s Quest.
Tickets are $5 for Maryland students with a valid ID and youth under the age of 12. Adult tickets are $10. All tickets will be sold at the gate only and on a cash-only basis.
Justin’s Quest was founded by the Friedlander family after their son Justin was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March of 2009. Justin was chosen to be Maryland’s honorary captain on the bench in the NCAA Elite Eight rematch against the Cavs while a portion of the proceeds raised at the gate will go directly to the National Brain Tumor Society. Justin’s Quest is aiming to raise $250,000 for the society while shooting 40,000 baskets, one for every person diagnosed with a brain tumor this year. Members of the men’s soccer team shot baskets with Justin earlier this year.
Visit the Terps website for more information.
This press release led to over 1000 people to attend the game. Further, Top Drawer Soccer televised the game via webcast and they were so awesome as their TV analyst Keith Tabatznik interviewed Justin and I and Justin with star guest Greivis Vasquez, Terps basketball star and future NBA star. Keith has been so nice in supporting our family from the beginning of Justin's diagnosis and we really appreciate what he has done. Before the game started Justin and Greivis were at center field for the national anthem and Justin kicked the ceremonial first ball. Justin was all smiles. Then the game started and Justin sat on the bench with all the Terp players for the whole game. The Terps were so nice to him and Justin before the game gave each player one of his yellow Justin's Quest Wristbands and they wore them proudly. Halftime was a treat as Justin and Greivis had a speed contest with each person having to run the whole field while putting on a shirt, shorts and dribbling a ball across the whole soccer field and then score a goal. Justin won as Greivis slipped twice and Justin only once. The game was very physical and well played. Maryland was the better team that night. At the end of the game Top Drawer Soccer presented Justin with a $1000 check. That was so generous of them and we cannot thank them enough. They gave Justin a large cardboard version of the check for the presentation. Justin loved it so much and was proud of it he placed it over his bed. The Terps donated a portion of the gate proceeds which was $1500 and that was so generous. It was a great evening had by all.
We are so thankful for all the soccer fans that attended the game and all the people who were involved in the organizing and participating in this event.

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April 25, 2010 at 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Kyle Picard said...

We are so proud of your story and your drive. My son Kyle was diagnosed with a ganglioglioma in June 2008. He was operated on immediately and took out 98% but what was left started growing. We then found out that it (the tumor) had Lymes Disease. He was treated for Lymes and got so much better but the tumor continued to grow much faster than before. He had a second surgery which was very successful and they got it all out and it was tested and no Lymes was found. All through our journey we have felt the need to help other children who are battling BT. We are members of the Childrens Brain Tumor Foundation and have met some really great people thru that organization. They have made a documentary on Kyle and it will available soon on angelightfilms.org Wish you well and please know that we are thinking of you. Please feel free to contact us if you need to. Pam Picard (203)740-9187

April 29, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
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