Evan was a graduate of Malvern Prep who lost his fight with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) on September 21, 2005.
Lacrosse was a very large part of Evan’s life. He played for Rose Tree Optimist Youth Club prior to entering Malvern Prep in the fall of 2001. He was diagnosed with bone cancer on September 11, 2001, and told he would no longer be able to play lacrosse again. For any other teenager this would have been devastating news, but for Evan, this was just a bump in the road of his life. He seized this moment to embrace lacrosse and become a coach and mentor for his friends and teammates.
Malvern Prep and the greater Philadelphia lacrosse communities were huge supporters of Evan, both spiritually and financially, motivating him to fight every day of his life. In honor of Evan’s spirit and will to overcome life’s greatest obstacles, EVANFEST was created. EVANFEST seeks to bring surrounding communities together to further the sport of lacrosse and to help raise money to for families whose child is battling a life-threatening illness. Since its inception in 2006, Malvern Prep has been the annual host of this popular annual youth lacrosse festival.
Today many families in our local communities are faced with the reality of dealing with hardships as a result of a child’s unexpected illness. Since 2006, EVANFEST has been able to raise over $1,000,000 and has helped over 280 local families in their struggle to manage the challenges of helping their children with a life-threatening illness. Our annual goal is to deplete our funds each year by issuing grants to as many families as possible. We are proud to be considered a highly efficient charity with all of our staff being 100% volunteer.
Unfortunately, there are always more families than there is money that we can grant. You can help us not only with your own donations but in helping to spread the word to others about EVANFEST and simply asking for their help and support.