Rebels Adopt Local 12-Year-Old Boy|
Nov. 10, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball program through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation signed local Kaysen Camat-Toki to a National Letter of Intent and ceremonially adopted the 12-year-old Las Vegan Thursday.
With his parents Cindy and Bojay as well as friend Dan McCarty looking on, Kaysen signed the NLI making it official that he is now a Rebel!
Kaysen was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in June 2016 when he was 11 years old. He underwent chemotherapy and had surgery to remove part of his femur (mid-thigh to knee) four months later. Currently, he is in remission and has had a rod inserted into his right leg that allows him to walk. As he grows, the rod will expand to adjust to his height with the help of a magnetic machine.
The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families. FOJ is all about love, support and friendship.
FOJ matches a child with a college or high school sports team based on geographic location. Once the team and child have been matched, there is a ceremonial adoption. The relationship is a priceless gift, which provides a loving network to the child as well as gives the team insight into the value of life and the power of love. The result of the connection is mutual respect, support, friendship and love.
Jaclyn Murphy was nine years old when she was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma in March 2004. Through chance events she was connected to and later adopted by the Northwestern University women's lacrosse program as an honorary team member. Jaclyn's strength, courage, restless spirit, and joy for life inspired the players. The team went on to a perfect season and won its first NCAA national championship in 64 years.
Jaclyn and her family created the FOJ in 2005 to improve quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors. Today, FOJ has helped nearly 730 families.
In attendance from FOJ was Denis Murphy and Tony Vittorio, a former college baseball coach who joined the Foundation after he retired from coaching in 2015.