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Franciscan Value: Compassion

Franciscan Value: Compassion

The COVID-19 global pandemic has wreaked havoc on a lot of things. It has closed campuses, schools, businesses, and places of worship. It has limited gatherings. Cancelled celebrations. Forced many to miss out on moments of excitement and togetherness. But one thing it has not done is stifle the Franciscan values we hold dear here at Hilbert College. We urge you to show the value of compassion by helping a former Hilbert student and his family during an especially trying time.

[Image source: YouTube]

While tensions are high between police officers and the general public, you might have seen the above photo being circulated promoting peace (and hugs). What you might not know is that the officer in the video, Chris Frunzi, is a Hilbert College graduate (’06). You also might not be aware that his two sons, ages 5 and 2, are both battling rare forms of cancer.

And the Frunzi family needs our help.

Jackson Frunzi, age 5, is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Because the form of cancer he is fighting is so rare, there is a 1% chance for a match. The family and their loved ones are asking for prayers and are also requesting that Hilbert community members take a test to try to find a match for Jackson.

A colleague of Chris Frunzi’s created a short video, above, where you can learn more about how to get the test (it’s free of charge, simple, and painless!), along with additional information on the Frunzi family.

Please join us in praying for the Frunzi family and in showing St. Francis of Assisi’s core value of compassion at work by adding your test results to the Bone Marrow Registry list.


“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”
-St. Francis of Assisi

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