MacLean's Summer With Angel 34 Touched Her Heart

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Bucknell junior pitcher Alex MacLean
Bucknell junior pitcher Alex MacLean

Aug. 10, 2011

By Keith Groller

Alex MacLean went back to Bucknell University to begin her junior year earlier this week, and like any student embarking on a new school year, she had mixed emotions.

MacLean, a former Northampton High softball standout, likes her school and relishes the chance to pitch for the Bison again soon.

But she also was "bummed" to have to leave Angel Field where she spent her summer as an intern working for the Angel 34 Foundation.

Angel 34 is the organization founded by the late Nicole Sheriff, a Northampton field hockey player who died in May of 2004 at the age 15 after a courageous battle with a rare form of cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma.

During her ordeal, Nicole Sheriff saw first-hand the tremendous emotional and financial burden that childhood cancer can put on an entire family and she wanted to do something to help other kids and their families battling cancer.

That's how Angel 34 was born and Nicole's legacy continues seven years later thanks to her parents, Doug and Linda Sheriff, who have dedicated their lives helping cancer-stricken families at their Angel Field complex in Bushkill Township.

MacLean, who first visited Angel Field while on a school trip at Northampton, fell in love with the place and its purpose. When an internship opportunity came up, she jumped at it.

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