Youth bat­tling can­cer gets own jersey

Man­teca Ford do­nates $5,000 to help with ex­penses

Ripon Bulletin - - Front Page - By GLENN KAHL

Ma­son Fer­rulli au­to­graphed his very own San Fran­cisco Gi­ants base­ball jersey on Thurs­day that will be dis­played in the Man­teca Ford deal­er­ship show­room with mem­o­ra­bilia from var­i­ous sports fig­ures.

It was part of a pre­sen­ta­tion to the 12-yearold Fer­rulli who is bat­tling brain can­cer. The Ripon youth and his dad Kyle were also pre­sented a check for $5,000 from Man­teca Ford deal­er­ship owner Phil Water­ford to help de­fray their fam­ily ex­penses dur­ing his up­com­ing surgery.

The signed num­ber 23 jersey will be framed and placed in the show­room to honor Fer­rulli who has bravely faced his can­cer treat­ments.

Water­ford and his en­tire staff gath­ered in the show­room of the North Main Street deal­er­ship to show their sup­port for Fer­rulli. Also present was Nathan Ca­ma­cho, a can­cer sur­vivor who also lives in Ripon. Water­ford ex­plained that he had met Ca­ma­cho in 1997 as a young­ster when he was re­ceiv­ing a bone

mar­row trans­plant.

Water­ford was tak­ing part in an Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety of the Cen­tral Val­ley fundraiser in Modesto with the busi­ness con­tribut­ing the most money get­ting to be put onto a bill­board. Water­ford re­calls con­tribut­ing the most at $15,000 but he didn’t want his face to go on the bill­board. In­stead he bought the young­ster a dirt bike that his par­ents said he would ride in a field ev­ery day across from their home in Ripon. They said it kept him ac­tive and not think­ing about his con­di­tion. Water­ford had a copy of that photo Thurs­day af­ter­noon with the boy wear­ing a suit at the fundraiser and sit­ting on the bike that brought back mem­o­ries for both of them.

Ca­ma­cho re­marked Thurs­day that Water­ford had mes­saged him and asked that he come to the deal­er­ship for the pre­sen­ta­tion to Fer­rulli.

Fer­rulli first di­ag­nosed with can­cer a year ago. Surg­eries ap­peared to have to­tally re­moved the tu­mor, ac­cord­ing to his dad, but it reemerged again this year. An­other can­cer surgery is now on the hori­zon. Fer­rulli is the sec­ond We­ston El­e­men­tary School stu­dent to be stricken with can­cer in re­cent years.

Fer­rulli is has been home schooled since his first bout with can­cer and his surgery at Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in the Bay Area. A do­na­tion site has been set up at GoFundMe. com through Face­book where Ripon and Man­teca res­i­dents can help with the fam­ily’s med­i­cal, home and travel ex­penses.

At the end of the cer­e­mony there was a toast of sparkling cider that every­one en­joyed with Fer­rulli hes­i­tat­ing think­ing it was some form of al­co­hol.

Water­ford hosted Fer­rulli fam­ily to a trip to the Bay Area where Ma­son got to meet many of the pro­fes­sional sports play­ers in San Fran­cisco and Oak­land and get their au­to­graphs.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

Ma­son Fer­rulli, 12, of Ripon sign­ing his au­to­graph on his per­sonal San Fran­cisco Gi­ants jersey with Man­teca Ford owner Phil Water­ford look­ing on. The jersey will be framed and will hang in the deal­er­ship’s show­room on North Main Street in Man­teca.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

A large check for $5,000 is held by Ma­son, his dad Kyle at left and Phil Water­ford at right with the en­tire Man­teca Ford staff and mem­bers of the Water­ford fam­ily be­hind them.

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