Scrum For Cancer

posted May 21, 2013, 2:42 PM by SURFC Alumni

One way or another – sometime or somehow - we’ve all been affected by cancer. Whether it’s through a teammate, a friend, a family member, or maybe even you, we’ve all felt the impact that cancer makes when it shows its destructive head into our lives. The Hammerheads Alumni are now lacing up our boots, strapping on our scrum caps, and stepping onto the pitch to face cancer head on! We’re binding together with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in their mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. On Saturday June 15th, we Scrum For Cancer!


Scrum For Cancer is a charity rugby match that benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. On Saturday June 15 2013, the alumni sides from Syracuse University and SUNY Brockport rugby teams will scrum down in a friendly match on Randall’s Island in New York City. The Hammerheads and Doggies will battle each other for 80 minutes on the pitch that day, but will also work together over the coming weeks to raise money for The LLS. More importantly, the Hammerheads, Doggies, and The LLS are teaming up, and forming a maul, to raise awareness of blood cancers and the continuing need for quality patient support services, research funding, and advancements in medical treatments that are provide by The LLS.


Each Hammerhead Alumni team member is encouraged to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through our team’s Scrum For Cancer fundraising website. The Hammerhead’s Scrum For Cancer fundraising website allows team members and supporters to reach out to their personal networks, to share their story on how blood cancers have impacted their life, and ask their friends & families to donate to The LLS. So please, tell everyone you know – your coworkers, friends, family members, professional and social networks – that you’re playing in a charity rugby match to cure cancer! Tell everyone you know, and ask for their support in making a donation! These individual donations are necessary for The LLS to continue accelerating the research and development of new life saving medications and therapies.


Tax deductible donations can easily be made by credit card though our Scrum For Cancer website here: .


Donations can also be made via cash and check if people prefer. Please tell your supporters to make checks payable to “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society”, and to please write “Scrum For Cancer Syracuse” in the memo line of the check. Then mail donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the address below:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – NYC Chapter

ATTN: Sarah Gowrie – Scrum For Cancer

61 Broadway, Suite 400

New York, NY 10006


Brockport will also have a fundraising site, but we can’t let The Doggies raise more money than us! So be sure to spread the word and get people to donate in support of The Hammerheads Scrum For Cancer.

Visit Scrum For Cancer on Facebook here:


Both teams have been touched by blood cancers in one way or another. Now it’s our turn to give back to the organization that does so much to help our friends and family members who are affected by blood cancers. Through our communal love of rugby, we hope to raise money and spread the word about patient support services, ground breaking research, and how blood cancers have affected our rugby communities.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS is funding impactful research, from discoveries to new treatment approvals, that is helping blood cancer patients live better, longer lives. Many blood cancer advances are cross-cutting, also helping patients with different cancers, solid tumors, and other serious diseases. To learn more about The LLS, please visit


If you have a story that you’d like to share, a reason why you Scrum For Cancer, or if you’re playing in honor or memory of someone with blood cancer, please let me know. I’m happy to share your stories, photos, and reasons why you Scrum For Cancer!


Cheers & Love,
Brian Leigh

SURFC Hammerhead – 2002-2006

Acute Myeloid Leukemia & Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor – 2008

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