The top fundraisers from the BHS JV and Varsity Panthers football team visited Lucile Packard yesterday to present their donation, learn about the unique Stanford Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer (SAYAC) Program and tour their brand new facilities.
We learned that our boys raised the largest sum EVER for SAYAC from a student organization. They met the Program Director (Pam Simon), the Medical Director (Dr. Gary Dahl), and multiple people who work with the patients between the ages of 15-29 with all types of cancer. SAYAC spans the many aspects of being an adolescent and young adult fighting cancer including treatment, supportive care, recreational therapy, fertility & reproductive health, psychology & Psychiatry, Pain Management, Palliative Care, Career and Educational Support. The boys learned that Palo Alto District runs a K-12 at Lucile Packard; that the patients can prepared and take the ACT and SAT at Lucile Packard; and that there is an annual Lucile Packard Prom for the patients to share common teenage experiences.
SAYAC is looking forward to working with the BHS Panthers and is talking about the program we pioneered with other area high schools to determine if they can create some friendly service competition between field rivals. The most interested contender is Sacred Heart Prep. That would certainly take a very exciting game to an entirely new level of impact. Our boys are excited to learn more about SAYAC – they were invited to attend a SAYAC advisory board meeting and/or volunteer with SAYAC and many of them are interested in pursuing these impact opportunities as well as continuing to expand the partnership in the next football season.
Speaking of impact, Jackson Giovara was individually recognized for special appreciation as he raised over $5000 of the donation.
In any case – thank you all for your support of the pilot program, our boys and BHS Football.