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'Friends of Jaclyn' step up to raise funds, awareness

Two years ago, a little girl battling brain cancer was adopted by a young team struggling to take its game to the next level. Since then, Jaclyn Murphy's cancer has gone into remission, and Northwestern has reeled off two national titles.

Updated: March 23, 2007, 4:49 PM ET
By Lauren Reynolds | ESPN.com

Northwestern's and Massachusetts' women's lacrosse teams will take the field Friday. The defending champions will be heavy favorites over a rebuilding UMass team that picked up its first national ranking since 1999 last week.

But even though the game is still days away, we already know who the winner will be: Jaclyn Murphy, a 12-year-old who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a childhood brain cancer, at the age of 10.

Jaclyn, a native of Yorktown, N.Y., is an unlikely hero ...

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