The Westerville North High School community raised $4,594 for the Friends of Faith Pruden Foundation as part of its Faith’s Spirit Week and the Strike Out Cancer baseball and softball round-robin on April 30.
The foundation, which supports families with children receiving cancer treatments at Nationwide Children's Hospital, is named in honor of Faith Pruden, a Westerville student who passed away in 2010 from brain cancer at age 7. She would have been a senior at WNHS last year.
"I am so thankful that the Foundation has been able to touch so many lives and bring an isolated group together,” said Sarah Worley, Faith’s mother who also volunteered at the Strike Out Cancer event. “Seeing the kids in their t-shirts playing really warmed my heart. We are all so thankful for everyone's support. Together we can make a big difference."
WNHS softball coach Brian Anderson said he is thankful to host the event.
“Having had a child battle pediatric cancer, I am honored to be able to work with the Faith Pruden Foundation and support the great services they provide to the families," he said
This year, the school's baseball team also took the field to help combat pediatric cancer.
"We were honored to join forces with the Warrior softball program to participate in the Strike Out Cancer event. Our program strives to help develop well-rounded young athletes. For them to be able to use their platform to support those in need is a wonderful learning opportunity. All teams involved in this event felt blessed and humbled to be a part of it," Coach Sean Ring said.
With its fundraising efforts this year, the school has raised a total of $12,816.95 since 2017.
The 2023 Strike Out Cancer softball and baseball tournament will be held on April 29 at the high school.
About Friends of Faith Pruden Foundation and Strike Out Cancer event
Faith Pruden was a first-grader at Emerson Elementary who passed away in 2010 from brain cancer. Before she passed, she asked her teacher, Mary Taylor, to make sure she was never forgotten. To help keep this promise, Taylor began the Friends of Faith Pruden Foundation (FFPF). Teacher Lisa Dapoz and community advocate Nancy McFarland both met Faith through Mary and immediately set out to help Faith enjoy her remaining months. This included attending Prom at Westerville North and meeting singer Taylor Swift.
Funds raised by the FFPF are used to support families with children receiving cancer treatments at Nationwide Children's Hospital. FFPF helps with rent/mortgage payments, pays household bills and car payments, provides gift cards for goods and gas, and donates themed-books for the kids on Floor 12. FFPF adopted a room at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and provides food, pjs, games, and iPads to the kids getting treatments and their siblings who are staying with the families. Additionally, donations go toward two college scholarships given out every year in Faith's honor. One scholarship is for any student who attended a Westerville school for at least one year and is going to study the arts, cosmetology, the culinary arts, or firefighting (all things that Faith loved). The other scholarship is for a cancer survivor.