The St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse team is again raising funds and awareness to help battle Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease by holding a fundraising campaign through the remainder of the 2021 season.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, or CJD, is a rare and fatal neurological disease affecting one person in every million people per year -- which is around 500 US cases a year. During the 2019 season, Bonnies junior Jessica Losquadro tragically lost her father Michael Losquadro to CJD. As of today, there is no known cure or treatment for those with CJD.
Last year, the Bonnies raised $4,469 for CJD research in just a two-week span before the season was shut down, and the team is looking to topple that total by raising $5,600 this year. Funds raised go toward the CJD Foundation which supports families of those battling the disease. At games this season, the team will wear special purple warmup shirts to represent the CJD Foundation and honor those who have battled the disease.
As of March 26, less than 24 hours into the fundraiser, nearly $1,700 has been raised.
"I am super excited and grateful that the team and I are able to come together for this cause," Losquadro said. "I never thought in a million years something like this would happen to my family, but it did. I'm glad I have such an amazing team to support me throughout it all. I hope with this fundraiser that we can raise awareness and funds for research so that other families won't have to go through what my family has experienced."
To donate visit: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/cjdfoundation/account/1083836/
For more information about the CJD Foundation, visit: https://cjdfoundation.org.
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