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Special Circumstances Make for A Special Team Bond

Young B-BP student attains honorary college lacrosse team status thanks to alumnus.

Patch would like to thank Deb Anderson and B-BP Athletic Director Tim Mullins for providing this story to Patch.

Bayport resident Marco Daidone not only fought and beat back cancer in the past year, he’s now also an honorary member of the Siena College lacrosse team.

Throughout his ordeal battling osteosarcoma, a cancer that meant surgeries, chemo as well as rebuilding a new leg boasting a titanium road, the Academy Street Elementary student has had the continued support of Bryan Anderson, a 2009 B-BP graduate who now plays lacrosse for the Division I college.

Anderson and his college team have helped raise funds and Anderson has stayed in touch with Daidone on a regular basis.

When he came home this past holiday for college break he brought Daidone a special surprise: his official Siena team jersey.

He also invited Daidone to be on the field with the team when Siena visits Stony Brook for a lacrosse match-up in early March.

Anderson’s compassion and caring nature is well known to his former high school coaches and administrators.

“The Bayport-Blue Point Athletics Department is very proud to see what Bryan has done for Marco. The positive manner in which Bryan is giving back to his community is extremely admirable,” B-BP Athletics Director Tim Mullins told Patch in an email.

“I am quite confident he has made a true impact on Marco and this is something that he will never forget. It’s comforting to see athletes share their success, passion and love for sports with those who view them as role models.”

 

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