PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown baseball program welcomed its newest member to the team last week, as the Bears began their relationship with five-year-old Alex Falzone of Attleboro, Mass. Falzone joined the roster through Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization based in Quincy, Mass., that matches children who have life-threatening illnesses with collegiate sports teams.
In October 2012, Alex was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the most common form of blood cancer found in children. Upon diagnosis, Alex's bone marrow was made up of approximately 85 percent Leukemic cells. From that point, Alex spent over a month in the hospital receiving intense chemotherapy and steroid treatments to induce his remission. Alex is currently in the maintenance phase of his treatment, which consists of weekly visits to The Tomorrow Fund clinic at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, and three-week treatment cycles. At his weekly visits, blood is drawn and tested and chemotherapy administered - all through his surgically-implanted port. His three-week cycles consist of further chemotherapy and steroids administered orally at home. He will continue this treatment until October 2014.
Alex came to College Hill and spent the day with the Brown baseball team as he met the players and coaching staff, watched the conditioning session and ended the afternoon by leading the team break. The first day is just the beginning for Alex, who will have the opportunity to join the team at various events throughout the upcoming season.
About Team IMPACT
Team IMPACT's mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by establishing and expanding vibrant team-based support networks. The organization endeavors to continually encourage a wide range of team-based organizations to open up their ranks and extend their laughter, strength and support for children facing these adverse issues, and events.
For more information, visit goteamimpact.org.