By John Boccacino
CANANDAIGUA —Earlier this summer, the The Finger Lakes Community College athletics department hosted the Shelly Stein Memorial Youth Lacrosse Festival to honor the life of Shelly Stein, the wife of longtime men's lacrosse coach Dave Stein.
Shelly Stein, Dave's wife of 16 years, battled a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma for more than a year before succumbing to cancer on April 12.
Through a two-day youth lacrosse festival on the FLCC campus, the Lakers' athletics department raised $5,000 for Adding Candles for a Cure, a Rochester-based volunteer organization that strives to help brain cancer patients and their families in their fight against brain cancer.
For more information on Adding Candles for a Cure, an organization that Shelly was closely associated with during her bout with brain cancer, visit www.addingcandles.com.
Stein's colleagues in the FLCC athletics department teamed up with area youth lacrosse organizations for this event, which drew youth boys and girls lacrosse teams from across the state to campus for the competition.
The festival also served as an opportunity to remember and celebrate the life of Shelly Stein, who was heavily involved as a cheerleading coach and director in Honeoye Falls-Lima for 12 years.
Dave Stein recently completed his 14th season as the Lakers coach. This spring, he was named the Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) Coach of the Year, and he and his assistant coach, Hector Alejandro, were honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as the Region III Coaching Staff of the Year.
The Stein's have three daughters: Hannah, 23, Paige, 15, and MacKenzie, 20, who recently graduated from FLCC.