Clearview to host fundraiser for Anderson family

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Clearview's Chad Anderson shoots from the top of the key during a game against Open Door earlier this season. Clearview will be hosting an All-Star Weekend to raise money for Chad’s father Brad, who underwent liver transplant surgery.

The recent NBA All-Star Weekend sparked an idea in a Clearview senior. That idea has now turned into a fundraiser that has the whole school buzzing.

Friday night, Clearview High School will hold an All-Star Weekend in the school’s gym to raise money for Brad Anderson. The event will feature a dunk contest, 3-point shootout, a shooting-stars challenge and an all-star game.

“A couple days after the NBA All-Star game I was shooting around and I thought it would be a cool thing for Clearview to do,” Clearview senior Ryan Vargo said. “I wanted to do it for a good cause, and Brad Anderson came to my mind immediately.”

Last August Anderson underwent liver transplant surgery, after being diagnosed with non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver in Dec. 2008. While surgery was a success, the family still has a number of medical expenses.

“Unofficially, Brad has become our theme for the year,” Clearview athletic director Dan May said.

Family and community members raised more than $100,000 to help with the cost of the transplant surgery, but May said there are still a number of expenses that have accumulated while Anderson recovers.

“We did stuff to help raise money last spring, summer, and fall,” May said. “The kids wanted to do a follow up to keep the fundraising going. Obviously, the surgery is done and he’s recovering, but there’s still all types of expenses.”

Anderson graduated from Clearview in 1987. His son, Chad, is a teammate and friend of Vargo, who said he’s known the family for a long time.

The 3-point shootout will feature students from the Clearview basketball teams. The dunk contest will feature Vargo, last year’s Lorain County All-Star slam dunk champion Gerrell Williams, Daimon Knowles and Jason Young.

According to Vargo, the shooting-stars challenge will consist of four teams, each with a member of the Clearview boy’s and girl’s basketball teams along with a faculty member competing.

The winners will be given awards that Vargo and his father had made by Kohlmeyer’s Sports in Lorain.

Vargo has been overwhelmed by the support he has been shown by the school and students, so far.

“Everybody I’ve asked to be in it has been really honored to be a part of it,” he said. “Also, the school administration has been supportive and have really backed me up on it.”

Word about the event on Friday has spread quickly.

“Chad said his father had heard about it even before he had the chance to tell him,” Vargo said. “That’s pretty cool. The Anderson family has been really appreciative and supportive, as well.”

The timing of the event couldn’t have been better, as Vargo received some bad news on Monday.

“I talked with Chad (earlier in the week), and he told me that Brad was back in the hospital,” Vargo said. “It kind of bummed me out, but it made me want to have this event even more because I feel like it’s that much more important now.”

May said he’s not surprised by the way the students have come together to raise money for such a worthy cause.

“This is typical of the Clearview students and Clearview family,” May said. “We always talk about how we are a family. We stepped up to the plate when one of our own needed us, and we will continue to do that down the road.”

The all-star event is Friday night at 6 in the Clearview High School gymnasium. Admission is $3 and donations will be accepted.

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Last Updated: 3/5/2013 10:47:54 PM EST

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