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What’s on Facebook1 View on FacebookFriends of Jaclyn Foundation added 3 new photos.Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 9:09amHeadline: “Amazing Abby” makes big impression with Albany team
By Michael J. Lewis
Most Friends of Jaclyn adoptions follow a familiar pattern: The team is excited, while the child is nervous, shy and a little scared of suddenly having 20 or 30 college students paying attention to them. Then there was the adoption of Abby Sayles by the University at Albany (N.Y.) women’s soccer team. When 5-year-old Abby met her future best friends at their annual banquet this past April, there was no shyness whatsoever. “She walked right over to us and said ‘I’m going to sit with my team!’” recalled Caitlin Paltsios, a Great Danes junior. “After a minute or two I thought she was the sweetest, nicest, loudest little girl I’d ever met!” Abby, who was diagnosed with pre-B Cell ALL leukemia as a 3-year-old, doesn’t do “shy,” and soon endeared herself to her new friends. “I just ran up to them because I knew they would be nice,” Abby said. “It was so much fun!” Then again, maybe Abby isn’t shy because she’s used to being in the spotlight: In 2015 a video of Abby “marrying” her favorite nurse at Albany Medical Center, Matt Hickling, went viral and was seen all over the world.
“Abby is an unusual kid,” her mom, Renee Sayles, said with a laugh. “She’ll wake up from her chemo and the sedation and just start dancing when she gets out of bed. She’s always been an ‘up’ kid.” Abby’s spunk is all the more impressive considering how much she’s had to go through in her short life. She’s undergone chemo every 85 days for a year, and has endured 19 spinal taps. But happily Abby’s cancer is currently in remission, and when Albany coach Caitlin Cucchiella heard her team had been chosen to adopt Abby, she was very excited. “I told our team that our job is to support this little girl no matter what, and do whatever we could to make her smile,” Caitlin said. “Little did I know that she’s the one always making us smile. She just exudes so much energy and is so full of sunshine, she’s so much fun to be around.” So far Abby and her little sister Zoey have gotten to attend an Albany soccer spring game, where Abby got to run on the field afterwards, and had an ice cream party with the team. They’ve also FaceTimed with several players like Paltsios, who says the team can’t wait to do more. “We can’t wait until August when we’re all back at school and the season starts,” Paltsios said. “I miss her already.” Renee says the team has been exactly what Abby had been hoping for, and she points to Cucchiella and her team as an inspiration. “The girls on the team are inspiring; they’re such strong, confident and kind women,” Renee says. “They’re so active and welcoming, that they’re perfect role models for Abby.”
Caitlin Paltsios, going to be a senior at Albany:
Abby walked right over to us, she said “I’m going to sit with my team,” I thought she was the sweetest, nicest, loudest little girl I’d ever met. She was going around sitting on everyone’s lap, and giving everyone high-fives. She told us, right when she met us that she was married. sweatshirt, and during the game we scored a goal and we all came over to the sidelines and gave her high-fives
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Fourth Annual Angel Walk🎗168 2 19 View on FacebookFriends of Jaclyn FoundationTuesday, June 21st, 2016 at 4:17amIn 2004, nine year old Jaclyn Murphy was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Through chance events she became connected to and later adopted by a collegiate lacrosse team as an honorary member.
Jaclyn’s strength, courage, relentless spirit, and joy for life inspired the players, The team went on to a perfect season, winning their first NCAA national championship in 64 years.
Later, Jaclyn shared her dream of helping all of the sick children in the hospital with her family. In 2005, the Murphy Family created the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors, allowing them to: Live in the Moment…Play in the moment Today, Friends of Jaclyn has helped nearly 700 families with brain tumors and other childhood cancers.6 3 View on FacebookFriends of Jaclyn Foundation with Kevin Goumas and Andrew Silsby.Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at 5:44amMeet Andrew Silsby our UNH Hockey Adoptee. We wanted to spotlight Andrew today to share with you the exciting awareness events he has planned. Andrew will be hosting his first ever golf tournament in the fall and will also be helping his mom to raise money for her triathlon she is running in honor of Andrew and to raise money for our foundation. We love to see our adoptees giving back and helping us to improve the quality of life of children living with cancer3 View on FacebookFriends of Jaclyn Foundation added 3 new photos — with Alyssa Culverwell Ostergren and 6 others.Friday, June 10th, 2016 at 8:15am