NATICK – The crowd at Memorial Field at Natick High School was dressed in orange & blue for the season opener for the boys soccer team Wednesday night, Sept. 7.
The colors didn’t support the Natick Red Hawks nor the Framingham Flyers, but instead Connor Heffler, an 11-year-old boy diagnosed with glioblastoma, a terminal and stage 4 form of cancer.
Heffler, with his carrot-colored hair and freckles, said his favorite color is blue.
Wheeled on to the field by his brothers, Heffler was the honorary captain at last night’s soccer game. The National Anthem was sung by Rene Rancourt, of Boston Bruins fame. Heffler was once a hockey player, until his rare cancer confined him to a wheelchair.
This is not the first time Natick sports have rallied around Heffler. Last year, both the girls and boys hockey teams, and the baseball team recognized the Wilson Middle School student.
Hefller’s mom Beth is a Natick Police Officer, who is assigned to Wilson Middle.
Raffles were held last night to benefit Heffler.
Individuals who would like to support Connor and his family can make donations at any Middlesex Savings Bank branch.
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