October 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The lime green of Cole’s Crusaders could be seen next to the blue and white of the Raiders as the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Student Athletic Leadership Team (SALT) stationed a pre-football game tailgate table on Saturday, Oct. 26.
This tailgate, along with many other fundraisers throughout the community, has been in support of Cole Weber, a junior lacrosse player at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School who has been fighting lymphoma since June.
For the past couple of months, Weber has undergone rounds of chemotherapy and made sacrifices with training for lacrosse as he fought to get better through his treatments. With the help of Cole’s Crusaders and supporting members in the community, Weber was able defeat his toughest opponent yet: cancer.
“I’ve been cancer-free for a month," Weber said. "I had to go through some more treatment but I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I only had a couple of more hurdles.”
Through all the fundraising with Cole’s Crusader’s, approximately $10,000 total was raised to help provide financial aid to the Weber family. This includes the unfailing support of members of the community and the purchases of the Cole’s Crusaders lime green T-shirts and bracelets at different community events like the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football tailgate and Raiderfest.
“It’s incredible how much a community can come together for one person,” said Weber.
The donations made in downtown Fanwood on Oct. 3, when businesses contributed a percentage of their sales to the Weber family, helped immensely in the fundraising efforts.
Nick’s Pizza in Fanwood raised $2,500 for Cole’s Crusaders in selling just the bracelets for $5 in their store, and for the one night in downtown Fanwood, they raised a little over $4,000.
“I remember we sold 78 shirts at the fundraiser because we ran out of them,” said Weber.
Weber hasn’t played a lacrosse game since being diagnosed with cancer. But in these past couple months, he has won more than a lacrosse game; he has won his health back with the support of a whole community.
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