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Teens use their passion for lacrosse to raise over $30K for pediatric cancer research

High schoolers throw annual tournament fundraiser to support ‘Cookies for Kids' Cancer’

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MOUNT VERNON — Two teenagers from New Rochelle hosted a lacrosse tournament Sunday, rallying their community to take part in a tradition that supports children's cancer research.

Evan Phillips and Sam Rosenberg are teaming up with the community to help pediatric cancer patients by hosting their third annual lacrosse tournament fundraiser.

"We love how much we're helping and it feels so good to give back. So, this is our third year going strong," Phillips said.

Nearly a dozen teams from the Lower Westchester and Connecticut came to the "Be a Good Cookie Lacrosse Tournament."

"We've raised over $30,000 which is really great. It’s for a great cause and it's so good to see the community come together and making this whole event work," Rosenberg said.

The duo was inspired by the woman who started the foundation, Gretchen Witt, who lost her son to cancer and turned her grief into charity by baking $95,000 worth of cookies to support her son's cause.

Their goal Sunday is to raise $10,000 dollars for the non-profit "Cookies for Kids' Cancer," to raise money and awareness for research into safer and more effective treatments for childhood cancer.

"Evan and Sam founded the tournament three years ago as a Bar Mitzvah project. They decided they wanted to marry their love for lacrosse by giving back," said Lisa Rosenberg, Sam’s mother.

The two freshmen boys from New Rochelle say they look forward to this tournament every year and their end goal is to raise $100,000 by the time they graduate high school.

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