Jack McGovern ’17, a College of the Holy Cross lacrosse player from San Francisco Calif., was diagnosed with a rare eye disease at 11 years old. However, that did not stop the political science major from starting in 30 lacrosse games and raising awareness about Coats disease, a rare eye disease that can cause blindness. McGovern also helped found the Jack McGovern Coats Disease Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding more information on Coats Disease, and supporting families with members coping with the disease. McGovern also worked with Sen. Jerry Hill of California to establish August 17 as Coats Disease Awareness Day.
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