Welcome to John McCrossin

The John McCrossin Memorial Basketball Classic was created to help honor a wonderful husband, father, friend, and educator who lost a valiant battle with mesothelioma. Our hope is that we not only remind you of the life of John McCrossin, but also bring attention to this disease. For those who were not aware, mesothelioma is a very rare cancer with only 3,000 cases diagnosed every year.  Mesothelioma does not discriminate, though men are more likely to develop symptoms.  Over 80% of all mesothelioma patients are men and 95% of all cases are caucasian men.  The majority of mesothelioma patients are 65 years or older, because it takes 20 to 50 years for the disease to develop.

2016 Game Recaps

  • Life Christian Academy 63
  • Cascade Christian Academy 41
  • Fife High School 55
  • Steilacoom High School 52
  • Sumner High School 46
  • FranklinHigh School 72
  • Lake Stevens High School (G) 52
  • Timberline High School (G) 29
  • Cleveland High School 58
  • Timberline High School (B) 50
  • Spanaway Lake High School 32
  • West Seattle High School 60
  • Kentwood High School 69
  • Union High School 76
  • Lincoln High School 58
  • Eastside Catholic Academy 50

2017 Teams that will be participating in this year’s John McCrossin Memorial Basketball Classic December 1-2, 2017 on McCrossin Court on the campus of Fife High School in Fife, Washington

Home Team vs Visiting Team Game Time
Steilacoom High School vs Life Christian Academy 11:30 AM
Franklin High School vs Prairie High School 1:00 PM
Spanaway Lake High School vs Nathan Hale High School 2:30 PM
Kentwood High School vs Union High School 4:00 PM
Auburn Mountainview High School vs West Seattle High School 6:30 PM
Fife High School vs Sumner High School 8:00 PM


Q. What is mesothelioma and how is it caused?

Mesothelioma is a complex and rare disease that most often affects the lining of the lungs (pleural) or abdomen (peritoneal).  This is caused by inhaling or ingesting toxic airborne asbestos fibers.

Q. Why do veterans make up such a significant number of cases?

Over 300 asbestos-based products were frequently used in everything from military vehicle brake pads to boiler rooms and insulation in battleships.  There were 5 million veterans exposed to asbestos between 1930 and 1980, and veterans account for over 30% of all mesothelioma cases.

Q. Who is most at risk?

Occupational exposure to asbestos is the most common cause of mesothelioma.  There are a lot of occupations at risk of developing mesothelioma.  The most common are construction and manufacturing trades. 

Q. How is mesothelioma diagnosed?

Doctors may start with a biomarker test which checks a patient's blood for certain common signs that the cancer is present.  Imaging technology can help determine the presence of any cell growth.  Doctors may also take a needle or surgical biopsy which removes cells and tissue for review and provides the most conclusive diagnosis of mesothelioma.

Q. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is what causes mesothelioma.  It is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that is mined from rock.  Before and after it was known to be toxic, it was used in many common products.  For many years, asbestos was considered to be a wonder material.  It was found in roofing, boiler rooms, auto parts, cement, insulation, military vehicles, and more.  It was used because of its flame retardant and insulating properties prior to people knowing of its danger.

Q. What are the symptoms of mesothelioma?
Pleural mesothelioma symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, and a constant cough.  Fluid may also build up in the chest.  Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are stomach pain, weigt loss, and fluid build up called ascites.


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