The St. Paul boys basketball program is like a family.
Once you're a part of the Falcon family, you are in it forever.
Tonight, St. Paul looks to help one of its own. Joe Waida was the director of basketball operations for the Falcons for four years. He has since moved on to serve on the staff of CCSU men's basketball head coach Howie Dickenman, but Waida is still family to St. Paul and always will be.
That's why the Falcons want to help the Waida family tonight. Joe's mom Gail was diagnosed with MDS, a group of disorders caused when something disrupts the production of blood cells, according to a gofundme.com page started by Joe. The best care Gail can get is in New York City, and nothing is cheap in the Big Apple.
That's where St. Paul boys hoop comes in. The Falcons host Portland tonight at 7 o'clock on Senior Night in the gym on Maltby Street, and they would love for you to be their guests. One, to help out the Waida family, and two, to honor the seniors who have worked so hard for St. Paul boys basketball.
"We will be collecting donations/donating proceeds from the concessions to the Waida family," according to a post on the SPC Boys Basketball Twitter account. "Help w/ Mrs. Waida's fight against cancer. #Family"
If you can't get to the game, here's a link to the gofundme.com page, called "Gail's Angels." Good luck to you Gail, and good luck to Joe and the rest of the Waida family.