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    Nov. 20, 2003

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A fundraiser will be held this weekend in memory of former Friar swimmer Jane Thompson, to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Thompson, a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, who graduated from PC in 1999, passed away over the summer at the age of 26. Despite having cystic fibrosis, Thompson competed for four years on the Providence College swim team. Her senior year, she was a member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team, served as captain of the women's squad and earned the Paul Connolly Award as the Providence College female athlete who distinguished herself among her peers through sportsmanship, courage and honor. In 1999, Thompson received the National Award of Achievement from the NCAA's National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes.

    Friar fans wishing to pledge their support for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Jane, may attend a fundraiser at Bradley's Cafe on 571 Admiral Street in Providence on Friday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. Donations also will be taken at the Providence College Alumni Swim Meet on Saturday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Taylor Natatorium in Peterson Recreation Center at Providence College.

    For more information on how to donate in memory of Jane, please contact Kathryn Gilblair at (617) 859-6527 or kathryn.gilblair@ey.com.

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease affecting approximately one in every 3900 children born in the United States and one in every 2,500 born in Canada. A defective gene causes the body to produce an abnormally thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. These thick secretions also obstruct the pancreas, preventing digestive enzymes from reaching the intestines to help break down and absorb food. For more information on Cystic Fibrosis, please check out the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (US): www.cff.org.

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