Meghan McCarthy, a former student at Tewksbury Memorial High School who died from a malignant brain tumor last January, was honored Monday night at the school’s Play for the Cure field hockey event.
Her former teammates wore pink shirts on their way to a 3-1 win over Chelmsford in the battle for second place in the Merrimack Valley Conference.
All donations from concessions and sales of pink ribbons during the game will be donated to the American Cancer Society in McCarthy’s name. Chelmsford also donated money in her name, and Andover’s three captains surprised McCarthy’s mother, Lee, with flowers.
McCarthy, also a member of the basketball team, played her last game in a Tewksbury uniform for the field hockey team last fall.
“So many of the kids on my team are still connected with her,” said coach Pat Ryser. “That’s why we ended up doing this. The girls wanted to do something in memory of her so I figured it was a good thing. Many kids still on the team were very close to her.”
The players also supported cancer research by collecting more than $1,000 and walking in the breast cancer event held in Boston earlier this year. Ryser is unsure of how much money was raised on Monday night, but she said it appeared to be quite the contribution.
“Some of the coaches called and wanted to know what they could do to help,” she said. “Everyone has just been really supportive.”
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