In early February, the Haverford School community hosted the Fords vs. Cancer event during a varsity basketball game against Germantown Academy. The event raised funds for the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania’s (CHOP). This summer, a check for $10,000 was delivered to CHOP with the intention of continuing research and the fight against Osteosarcoma, a type of cancer.
The Class of 2020 spearheaded the event, as a classmate, Jack Cloran ‘20, battled Osteosarcoma and received treatment at CHOP. The event ended up being standing-room-only for the Fords’ game.
“Seeing all of the people that came out to offer their support, along with the one of the biggest student sections ever that night, showed me what a true community and brotherhood we have at Haverford,” said Dante Perri ‘20 and member of the 2019-20 Fords basketball team.
The student body sold yellow “Fords vs. Cancer” t-shirts and accepted donations at the door during the game, which coincided with Senior Night for the varsity basketball team. Cloran was seated in the front row of the packed student section.
“The night was about the team. They deserved a sold out gym, especially the seniors,” said Cloran. “They deserved to have their last home game be special and memorable, but on top of all that, to raise money for cancer research really shows you how special and powerful the Haverford School community is, especially the Class of 2020. I’m grateful to be part of it.”
While the game ended with a heartbreaking loss to Germantown Academy, the night will always be remembered for the powerful showing of support, love, and brotherhood.
“When I think about the moments that capture the essence of The Haverford School, I think about the Fords vs. Cancer night that was organized,” said Mark Fifer, Acting Head of Upper School. “It was truly special to witness the sea of yellow shirts and an outpouring of love for one of our own. It will remain a cherished moment and one that I look back on as a time I was most proud to be a Ford.”
To see pictures of the Fords vs. Cancer event, click here.