Hill-Murray School raises $17,000 for Jack Jablonski

| Theresa Malloy | January 6, 2012 | 2 Comments
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Hill-Murray students wore red and white Friday, Jan. 6, to support Benilde-St. Margaret’s 16-year-old hockey player Jack Jablonski, who was injured and paralyzed during a game last week.

Hill-Murray in Maplewood has a special connection to the St. Louis Park school and the Jablonski family, said Hill-Murray Principal David Meyer. Jablonski’s father graduated in 1976 from Hill-Murray and BSM principal Sue Skinner taught at the school.

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“We felt like we had to do something,” Meyer said.

The school collected money for a fund to support the Jablonski family’s medical expenses and raised $17,000. Students also signed a card for the family during lunch hours.

“It’s just unbelievable that so many people support him. That’s awesome,” said Hill-Murray senior Conrad Sampair, a right wing forward on the hockey team.

As a player, the injury has made Sampair think more before taking the ice.

“Just knowing that’s out there, it’s crazy,” he said. “I feel real bad.”

Junior Erin Donovan, whose little sister plays hockey, said she felt “horrible” when she saw the news.

Both students said Jablonski is in their prayers.

The “red out” happened at several other Twin Cities-area schools Friday — including Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul and Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield — and even some out of state. Other schools — including Totino-Grace in Fridley — will participate Monday, Jan. 9.

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  • Norbyp

    Nice video
    Good to know prayer and faith are part of the students’ lives

  • Rgfaber

    Temperatures were crisp and the air fresh as I awaited the
    arrival of the sun and the eventual starting gun on that November morning.   Over 47,000 people from 50 States and some
    110 countries had gathered at Fort Wadsworth, a former United States military
    installation on Staten Island, on this morning. 
    Each of us had our own reason for being their but we were nevertheless unified,
    joined in some real way by our common goal; to finish the 2011 NYC
    Marathon.   

    Such a fusion seemed surreal, beyond replication as I looked
    at the world in which we live.  However,
    the story of Jack Jablonski “Jabs” suggests otherwise; a young man whose
    mobility was stolen like a thief in the night without even a spark of
    warning.   In less than 24-hours after
    the tragic event, tremors moved through the corridors of Benilde-St Margaret’s,
    hockey locker rooms at all levels including the NHL, to schools across the
    country, our living rooms and eventually the globe.  What followed speaks of hope, hope with
    certainty, hope that makes grown men cry as students across the country ignore
    the distance that divides and wear white shirts with Jabs name and number.  Then letters from celebrities arrive, callers
    from around the world reach-out to assist, the Gophers and the WILD organize collection
    drives, young and old send money, a song is written “We’ll Watch Over You”,
    Jabs’ Twitter and Facebook is flooded with words of support and people from near
    and far commit to pray.    

    Jabs’ story has changed my notion on what’s possible when we
    are unified, especially with matters of life, each life.   And then I paused as I read “Jack Jablonski
    was moving both arms beyond a range thought possible” and I now wonder about
    the transformative and restorative power of prayer. 

    Thanks Jabs – you have made a difference to me and my
    prayers are with you!!!! 

    Richard Faber – Minneapolis