Graham Harden (center)

Community Rallies For Lacrosse Legend

Graham Harden was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut where he developed into a star lacrosse player. Harden took his talents to the University of North Carolina and became one of the best players in NCAA history. In 1991, Harden was named All-American and National Defenseman of the Year for the Tar Heels. 25 years later, Harden was diagnosed with ALS, a disease that eventually robs a person of the ability to walk, talk, and breathe on their own. Currently living in Cincinnati with his wife and three children, Harden is a volunteer firefighter and lacrosse coach at a local high school. Harden returned to his hometown of New Canaan, recently, and was honored by hundreds of friends at a fundraiser at Grace Farms, a wonderful facility with a church, restaurants, and recreational areas. According to event organizers, more than $75,000 was raised for the medical bills that are sure to mount during Harden’s battle with the disease. It was a great event for a person who has meant so much to the New Canaan community. For more on Graham Harden and his battle with ALS, please visit