Photo courtesy Lisa Evans: Magnolia’s Finn Evans, 13, will be competing in two tournaments in the next few weeks after being selected to play for Brady’s Bunch Lacrosse, a nonprofit organization that supports pediatric cancer awareness, research and help for patients and their families.
Photo courtesy Lisa Evans: Magnolia’s Finn Evans, 13, will be competing in two tournaments in the next few weeks after being selected to play for Brady’s Bunch Lacrosse, a nonprofit organization that supports pediatric cancer awareness, research and help for patients and their families.

When 13-year-old Finn Evans takes to the field this weekend, he won’t be playing lacrosse just for fun. He’ll be playing for a good cause, as well.

The Magnolia teen, an avid lacrosse player whose home team is CitySide LAX in Seattle, will participate in two tournaments in the next month after being selected to play for Brady’s Bunch Lacrosse, a nationally recognized lacrosse program that supports pediatric cancer awareness, research and help for patients and families. The nonprofit was started in 2007 in Arizona for Brady Wein, who was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia when he was 3 years old.

Evans, who will enter eighth grade in the fall, has played lacrosse since he was a small child and loves the sport, for which he plays defense. He said he was pleased to play for Brady’s Bunch Lacrosse when he learned he was selected for the team.

“I mean, it feels good,” he said. “I want to play lacrosse every chance I get, but also it’s special that I get to play it for a special cause.”

Evans’ first tournament is this weekend in Maryland, where he will be joined by seven other CitySide teammates, most likely playing in Baltimore. The following weekend, Evans and three other players will join six CitySide teammates in Denver, Colorado. That tournament will be played without any spectators.

Lisa Evans, Finn’s mother, said she and other parents are taking many precautions to prevent from being exposed to COVID-19, including wearing double face masks on airplanes and staying at hotels with kitchenettes in the rooms to avoid the need to go out to eat. Players’ temperatures will also be taken before tournament play begins.

Lisa Evans said, despite the dangers of COVID-19, it is important to not forget that many people are dealing with cancer as well as the novel coronavirus. She said every day 45 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, so “45 kids every day are just starting that battle.”

Lisa Evans said people don’t necessarily think about what immuno-compromised means and how parents with children who have cancer face a lot of obstacles, including restricting activities and travel, to keep their children safe from all germs, including COVID-19.

“So again, for me, it’s really important that the boys, all the boys, understand how incredibly fortunate they are to be getting to play lacrosse at this time,” Lisa Evans said.

To help those families out, Finn Evans is currently raising money for Brady’s Bunch. He intends to donate 50 percent of what he collects to Brady’s Bunch at the tournament in Denver. When he returns, he will donate the other 50 percent to Seattle Children’s Hospital on behalf of Brady’s Bunch, CitySide LAX and others. As well, Evans, who delivers newspapers for the Queen Anne & Magnolia News, is donating $100 of his money earned to buy gift cards that families can use while they are at the hospital.

In a donation request letter Evans shared with people, he said his goal “is to continue to raise the flag and bring attention to pediatric cancer and specifically help raise funds to go towards cancer research and for the families who are with their children in hospitals for months, and sometimes even years, at a time.”

To donate to directly to Brady’s Bunch, visit www.bradysbunchlacrosse.org.