Piscataway, N.J. (Feb. 7, 2013) – Several members of the Rutgers Athletics community are practicing in grey this week to support 4-year-old Brooke Healey and Brain Cancer Awareness.
Brooke was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma (DIPG) on January 14. DIPG is an inoperable brain tumor, located at the stem of the brain in the Pons sack. Brooke is currently undergoing radiation therapy.
Brooke is the daughter of Stefanie and Steve Healey, both Rutgers graduates. Stefanie was college roommates with Jessie Lizzi, a 1998 graduate of Rutgers and the associate head coach of women’s rowing at the University of Rhode Island. Steve Healey wrestled at Rutgers. Lizzi coordinated a photo project with the athletic teams at URI to raise awareness and show support for Brooke and the Healey family. Lizzi then reached out to Rutgers rowing head coach Max Borghard, asking Rutgers Rowing to practice in grey and take a team picture with a sign reading “We Practice in Grey for Brooke Healey.”
Lizzi is posting the pictures on the Team Brooke (Healey) Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/122878144551894/ .
Upon learning of the project and Lizzi’s efforts, Rutgers senior associate athletic director Kate Hickey reached out to the athletic department community.
“A number of our coaches responded very quickly that they would like their teams to also be involved in the photo project for Brooke,” said Hickey. “Our coaches and - ultimately our student-athletes - realize that they are very fortunate to be in a position to do something that will take a split second, but will have an enormous impact on Brooke and her family.”
To make a donation in support of Brooke Healey and her family, please visit Heartworks.org http://www.njheartworks.org/index.htm