Ocean City Today

Kauffman and lax teammates raise money for uncle

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 26, 2018
Courtesy of: Colby Phillips Beach Lacrosse teammates, from left, Peyton Marohl, Brooke Fitzgerald, Lauren Lynch and Sadie Kauffman are helping to raise money for Kauffman’s uncle, Darin, who was diagnosed with leukemia a month ago.

(April 27, 2018) When Sadie Kauffman’s 38-year-old uncle, Darin Phillips, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia a month ago, she had a discussion with her mother, Colby Phillips, about a fundraiser she could start since the disease will keep him out of work for a while.

“She asked me if I thought anyone would donate $5 for every goal she makes this season playing for Beach Lacrosse,” Phillips said. “I put it up on Facebook and 60 people pledged to donate $5 for every goal she scores making each goal worth $300.”

Shortly after, Phillips received an email from an anonymous donor who pledged to donate $5 for every goal scored by anyone on the team, $5 for every assist and $5 for every save.

“When I shared this with the girls they were all very excited to be a part of this awesome effort,” Phillips said. “It also shows that it takes a whole team to get the win. With lacrosse being a team sport, they wanted to include all the girls in Sadie’s fundraising goals.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, $1,720 had been raised after two games, she said.

“It means so much to me because I love him so much and I want him to feel better and I’m hoping the money raised will help with things he needs and can’t work for right now,” Kauffman said. “I would like to raise as much money as I can and I am excited my teammates get to help me do that.”

Players on Kauffman’s Beach Lacrosse team wear matching orange ribbons in their hair and a couple of the girl’s sport “Darin” socks during games.

“Her team is very supportive and they all wore hair bows with their beach lax colors and orange ribbons to the game in honor of her uncle Darin,” Phillips said. “Darin and his wife, Laurie, are so thankful for all the people who are supporting Sadie’s fundraising goals as well as everyone who has continued to keep them in their prayers.”

For more information on donating to the cause, visit “Sadie’s goals for Darin” on Facebook.

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