[article from www.bradysbunchlacrosse.com]
Wein founded Brady’s Bunch as a way to honor his young son who is battling cancer and to spread the message that everyone should live every day to the fullest. Brady Wein is one of the youngest people in the United States to ever contract cancer, having been diagnosed with leukemia at the age of three months. Brady has been bravely battling the disease for more than three years now, having undergone two bone marrow transplants and numerous chemotherapy treatments.
Mike Wein, a gregarious individual with an infectious personality, felt an overwhelming need to use his son’s illness to do good works. He started the Brady’s Bunch program for the purpose of using lacrosse and the club circuit as a vehicle to raise awareness about Acute Myeloid Leukemia while teaching other youngsters the fragility of life. “Our philosophy is that you have to value life, value your parents, value your friends,” said Wein, who owns several Sal’s Pizza franchises. “We’re more than just a lacrosse club. We’re a family. And we try to teach our players to value every day. In a sporting vein, that means valuing each shift because you never know when it will be your last.”
Members of the Brady’s Bunch teams hail from 10 different states and Canada. Papi tracks down players through research or recommendation while they often find Brady’s Bunch through word of mouth. They meet in the hotel lobby (often for the first time) and bond over the course of a tournament. “We gather together every night and tell stories. People pour their hearts out and talk about family members or friends who have died or are sick. Our players and coaches talk about what’s going on in their lives, what problems they’re having or issues they’re going through,” Wein said. “This is my therapy, it keeps me going. I cry with my guys all the time. No matter what happens on the lacrosse field, everyone involved with the Bunch comes away a winner.”