JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — After his nephew’s tragic death, Robert Mack decided to create a foundation to ensure no other parents would have to endure what he did.
Sunday was the second and final day of the annual John Mack Southern Tier Shoot Out, a memorial lacrosse tournament held in honor of Mack’s nephew John, who was a junior at Binghamton High School when he collapsed on the field during a game.
Mack says better access to medical equipment could have saved his son, so he started the John Mack Foundation to equip organizations across North America with defibrillators.
“It’s a good thing and people come out for a good cause,” Mack said. “They know that what we’re doing out there is good, they see it, we get it out there every year, and a lot of the teams that come to this tournament every year, when they leave, one of the things they request from us is an AED donation.”
This year’s tournament featured 62 teams from as far away as Canada and North Carolina. When asked what their favorite thing about the Binghamton area is, several players on the Charlotte Secondary Lacrosse team said the same thing: Wegman’s.
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