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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 04/24/13
Drew Pointe, fourth from left, and his mother, Lisa Biondo, far right, pose with the Troy Colt lacrosse players in front of a jersey autographed by University of Notre Dame players and presented to Pointe by the Troy Colts and Angels of Hope.
(Photo courtesy of Lisa Biondo)
Local student takes part
in 'Kids Helping Kids'
Neither Drew Pointe, a junior at Romeo High School, nor Lucas Beloungea, a sixth-grader at Hart Middle School in Rochester, have ever attended Troy High School, but both boys have a special bond with the Colts.
Last year when the Troy Colts boys' lacrosse team hosted its first charity game to benefit Angels of Hope, they were introduced to Pointe and Beloungea by Steve York, Angels of Hope director.
Angels of Hope is a grass-roots organization of volunteers that provides support and financial assistance to local children and their families as they battle cancer.
"Angels of Hope is an amazing organization; their outreach to families dealing with cancer is incredible," said Lisa Biondo, Pointe's mom.
Both Pointe and Beloungea were diagnosed in 2011 with Burkitt's Lymphoma, an extremely rare and aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Both boys also share a love of lacrosse, so the Colts invited them to be honorary captains at Troy High's first Field of Angels charity game in 2012.
Now, one year later, they'll be a part of the Colt's 2nd annual charity lacrosse event. However, this year Pointe will also be on the field playing in goal against the Colts with his Romeo Bulldog varsity team.
"Last year was totally cool to be an honorary captain for Troy," said Pointe. "But I'm so excited to actually be playing in the game this year."
Angels of Hope recently recognized the Troy Colts lacrosse program for being the first local high school team to host an event on behalf of Angels of Hope.
"Our goal was to provide a way for the boys to play an active role in the community," said Colts varsity lacrosse coach, Nate Reynolds. "Angels of Hope is now part of the Troy High lacrosse family and I could not be prouder of the effort put in by our boys and families."
To raise money, players are selling T-shirts and wristbands to friends, classmates and neighbors. The wristbands also serve as admission to the games. All proceeds benefit Angels of Hope, and 100 percent of donations to Angels of Hope benefit local families battling cancer.
The Colt's 2013 "Field of Angels<Kids Helping Kids" event will include four lacrosse games, all to be held on April 27 at Troy High.
The first games will be the Troy Terps vs Avon Sharks, the 5th-6th grade at 10 a.m and the 7th-8th grade at 11:30 a.m. That will be followed by Troy High JV vs Romeo JV at 1:30 and the varsity squads at 3:30 p.m. Troy High School is located at 4777 Northfield Parkway in Troy.
To learn more about Angels of Hope, visit www.angelsofhope.org.