Our players make a difference!

Our players & supporters have donated over $87,000 to various 501(c)3 charities for cancer research and awareness!  Our past teams have championed donations for Susan G. Komen in honor of Lori Beck, Project Violet (at Fred Hutch) in honor of Sam Taylor, The Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation in honor of Camron Cozzi and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of Liz Lofurno.  To learn more about those teams go to "the pods" page and click on the team photo that you want to learn more about.  

Our most recent teams, Pod 9 and Pod 10, played for Sam Taylor and raised money for the Strong4Sam Foundation.  These teams championed an astounding $22,000 for pediatric cancer research!  As a bonus, they also won the tournament for each of their age divisions.

DONATIONS BEING TAKEN THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST ... Link below connects you to our page on the Strong4Sam website.  If you know a player who played on one of our teams ask them for their custom Strong4Sam web page address.  If you don't know a player and want to help the teams raise money for pediatric cancer research, please click the button below to make a tax-deductible donation to the Strong4Sam Foundation.  Strong4Sam uses the money to support research at Fred Hutch Cancer Center:

ABOUT THE STRONG4SAM FOUNDATION:  In December 2014, Jeff and Kellea Taylor received the devastating news that their youngest son, 11 year old Sam, had an inoperable brain tumor. In the following months, their family was inundated with information about brain tumors and treatment options. They learned the hard way that, while effective, the existing treatment options come with difficult and painful side effects. It was during these early months that they also learned about Project Violet, a nonprofit research group at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, started by Sam’s doctor, Dr. Jim Olsen, and dedicated to discovering more effective and less toxic therapies for pediatric cancer.

Born out of the Taylor’s desire to do everything possible to help Sam, Strong4Sam was created as a fundraising group in support of Project Violet, which is funded exclusively through private donations.  Sam is now 14 years old and his tumor is currently stable.  His family is leaving no stone unturned in an effort to find better treatments for brain tumors.

In May 2015, after raising and donating over $40,000 for Project Violet, the Taylors established the Strong4Sam Foundation with the following mission: Strong4Sam is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating community awareness and raising funds for innovative research to discover more effective and less toxic therapies for pediatric cancer.

As the Taylor’s continue to support Sam through his treatments, they are lifted up and encouraged by the research of Project Violet and the difference this research will someday make in the treatment of pediatric cancer.  We are Strong4Sam!


So far, we have honored Lori, Sam, Cam and Liz . . .

CLICK HERE to meet Sam by reading his blog.  Scroll to the very bottom of his blog to read the timeline of events.
CLICK HERE to meet Sam's family & learn abut the non-profit they created to raise money for Project Violet. 
CLICK HERE to visit Liz's Caring Bridge page and read about her journey.  
CLICK HERE to watch Dr. Jim Olson's TED talk about tumor paint and why it's so critical for brain cancer patients.  His research and discoveries look promising to help patients with other types of cancer too.
CLICK HERE to watch Dr. Jim Olson's TED talk about Project Violet.
CLICK HERE to read Camron Cozzi's story.  Whales Pods 4 & 8 played for Cam in 2016.  He is a 17 year old lax player fighting a courageous battle against DIPG brain cancer.
CLICK HERE to visit Camron's Caring Bridge page & read about his journey.
CLICK HERE to watch the story of Lauren Hill, the 19 year old basketball player who bravely fought DIPG, raised awareness and over a million dollars for research.