Rainbow Warriors visit Pearl City student battling cancer

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Often times for former athletes of the University of Hawaii, the biggest wins or losses aren’t as long-term impactful as the impact and connection they make with their community.

There are few better examples than what the Rainbow Warrior basketball team experienced in West Oahu Wednesday.

Interim head coach Benjy Taylor, sophomore guard/forward Negus Webster-Chan, and sophomore forward Stefan Jankovic visited the home of Pearl City freshman student Tristian “TJ” Fernandez. TJ is currently bedridden following a near four-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor.

The ‘Bows stars were on hand to represent the entire team, many of which were unable to attend due to class. They came bearing signed basketballs as gifts, as well as a message and a promise: “Keep fighting, the ‘Bows are playing the rest of the season in honor of you.”

This Saturday, Feb. 28, Pearl City High School is hosting a fundraiser for TJ to help the family with medical costs. It will take place in the cafeteria from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with Kawaii Kon anime characters in attendance from 1-2 p.m.

The event will include games, food, live performances and a silent auction.

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