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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 19, 2018

Fundraiser for Gabby

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Apr 06, 2018
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo Orfa Foss’s fifth-grade class at Fairfield Middle School hosted a yogurt parfait fundraiser Wednesday for their classmate Gabby Ford, who has undergone surgeries to remove a portion of a brain tumor. From left are, front row: Breanne Reinier, Abigail Pohren, Charlie Klett and Konnor Gory; back row: Emma Hopper, Kenna Haynes, Ashlynne Alexander, Seth Johnson, Anthony Smithburg, Haidyn Hughes and teacher Orfa Foss.

Fairfield Middle School students hosted a fundraiser Wednesday to benefit a classmate battling a brain tumor.

Gabrielle “Gabby” Ford is a fifth-grader at the middle school who was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor last year. As of November, she had endured four brain surgeries to place stents and remove a portion of the tumor. Her parents are David and Mandy Ford.

Gabby must make frequent trips to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for treatments. Fifth-grade teacher Orfa Foss wanted to do something to defray the cost of Gabby’s treatment, transport and meals.

Foss and her class received a $250 grant from Project Jack through the Realtors of Iowa. But they didn’t want to stop there. In fact, they set a goal of doubling the gift by hosting a fundraiser at the school where they would invite teachers to donate to Gabby’s fund, and in return offer them a yogurt parfait.

Everybody’s Whole Foods donated the ingredients for the fundraiser, which included yogurt, fruit and several flavors of granola.

“I have never had Gabby as a student because she’s in another classroom, but everybody knows her,” Foss said. “She’s been undergoing treatment for a year, which is very expensive. My class thought, ‘Why don’t we help her?’”

Wednesday’s fundraiser exceeded expectations. The students in Foss’s class each played a role, either being in charge of the donation or in charge of serving one of the ingredients. They raised $308, and will be able to write a check to the Ford family for $558.

“I’m so glad to see the kids rise up and be such good citizens,” Foss remarked.

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