McNabola Law Group is Corporate Team Sponsor for Live Like John Softball Tournament

McNabola Law Group is a Corporate Team Sponsor for the Live Like John Softball Tournament, which takes place June 10 at St. Rita of Cascia High School, 7740 W. Western Ave., in Chicago.

The tournament is in honor of John McNicholas, who died from an inoperable brain tumor at the age of 15.

The John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation was started in 2011 by Ed and Amy McNicholas to honor the memory of their son John. Today, it is this Foundation’s mission to push for advancements in the care and treatment of pediatric brain tumor patients by facilitating better communication among physicians and patients, by improving the quality of life for pediatric brain tumor patients, and by funding cutting-edge research and treatment options to achieve our ultimate goal: the eradication of pediatric brain tumors.

“Live Like John is a very special organization that is making huge strides to develop viable treatment options for pediatric brain cancer patients," said Ruth Degnan, McNabola Law Group partner. "I am grateful to my firm for its support of this wonderful group of people and the very important work they are doing.”

On June 11, 2011, the foundation, along with countless friends, hosted the first Live Like John Softball Tournament held at St. Rita High School. In that first year 24 teams participated, the foundation raised $26,000 and had over 500 people in attendance. In 2012 the foundation increased the field to 32 teams, raised $55,000 and had more than 1,000 people in attendance. 

In 2016 the foundation raised more than $105,000. This year’s goal is $125,000. Softball, live music, raffles and kid’s activities are planned, which is part a day of fun for the whole family. To date the foundation has raised more than $1.1 million all of which has been donated to innovative research projects.

This is McNabola Law Group's first year as a Corporate Team Sponsor. The sponsorship is helping the foundation fund "truly game-changing research," Amy McNicholas said.

"It is only because of generous people like Ruth Degnan and Mark McNabola that we are able to fund this one-of-a-kind project. We couldn't do what we do without their support," Amy McNicholas said.

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