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Marissa Manley honored with Katie O’Shaughnessy Award

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MASSENA - The2013KatieO’ShaughnessyMemorialBasketballAwardwaspresentedtoMarissaManley,aseniorwiththeMassenaVarsity Girls Basketballteam.

Manley wasselectedbycoachRoyThomasforherpersonaldriveandabilitytoapplythelessonslearnedinbasketballtoherlifeoffthecourt.

Theawardwasgivento Manley atthebasketballbanquetonMarch26th,wheretheteamcelebratedaverysuccessfulseason. She has been acceptedintoa number ofuniversitiesandwillbestudyingbusiness.TheideafortheawardwasconceivedbyKatie’sformerteammatesandestablishedin2001byMaryArcadi,thenthevarsitybasketballcoachforMassena.

ThehonoracknowledgesaseniorplayerthatpossessesKate’sdeterminationandpositiveattitudebothonthecourtandoff.

KatieO’ShaughnessygrewupinMassenaandplayedbasketballthroughoutherhighschoolcareer.InDecember2000,attheageof22,shelostaone-yearbattlewithmelanoma.

ShegraduatedfromQueen’sUniversityjustsixmonthsearlier,havingneverlostherfiercedetermination,evenwhilefacingthescariestsideofcancer.

Kate’sTeamwasformedin2000asanonlinecommunitytokeepfriendsandfamilyupdatedontheprogressofKate’streatment.

Sincethen,Kate’sTeamhasbeenthelargestteaminbothfundraisingandparticipationattheannualTerryFoxRuninNewYorkCity.

Withover150subscribedmembers,Kate’sTeamhasraised$250,000forresearchatMemorialSloanKetteringCancerCenterinNewYork,whereKatiereceivedtreatmentandfoughtsovaliantly.ResearchfundedthroughKate’sTeamhasproducedamazingresultswithseveralpatientsnowinremissionfromcancer,andhasrecentlybeenfeaturedinseveralnationalnewsoutlets,includingtheNewYorkTimesandtheWallStreetJournal.

Formoreinformation,please visitwww.katesteam.org.

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